Keep it alive

My Dad loved decorating and gardening. Aside from playing the piano and humming a tune or two, they were his form of artistic expression that made him feel relaxed and brought him a little bit of joy. He loved gardening so much that he decided to line the hallway leading to his room, on the…

Pause. Blow bubbles.

Just relax. Watch the clear, glassy bubbles dance and drift away towards wherever the wind takes them.

Dance your heart out

Celebrate National Dance Day with inspiring thoughts that make you want to get up, dance and feel alive. I’ve learned all the moves from this dance routine featured in one of my favorite fitness DVDs. I’ve reached the point where it’s time to do the routine on tempo and just let it all out. The…

Add something meaningful to your summer to-do list

Sunsets and sleeping in. Going to the beach, having a picnic, reading a good book, traveling to a dream destination, hosting a backyard barbecue for family and friends. Our summer to-do lists just keeps going on and on. Aside from enjoying your share of summer fun, there are also meaningful things you can add to…

Place your hand over your heart

Celebrate freedom, honor and patriotism on the Fourth of July with these inspiring reminders. “How will I honor their memory? By remembering to rise and place my hand over my heart when our national anthem is played. I will look up to the flag with pride as it waves gently in the wind.” – From…

Celebrate color, community and culture

Not only is it a celebration of colors, artistry and design, street art shines a light on life’s special moments and struggles. The street art in San Francisco’s Clarion Alley is not only a feast for the eyes, it also speaks to your soul. The captivating beauty and vibrant colors of stunning portraits draws you…

Remember them

I will always remember feeling pride and peace in my heart, knowing I live in a country where there are brave souls willing to valiantly protect and defend the lives of others in the name of freedom. “You’re walking on hallowed ground,” our tour guide reminded us as we walked around Arlington National Cemetery. She…

A Mother’s Day Wish

A whole new world opens up when you’re a teenager. This Mother’s Day, let me wish you love, joy and the courage to always be yourself. Life was much simpler for you when you were a toddler. You simply wake up, have breakfast, watch your favorite cartoons and play. But you’re at an age now…

Be a champion for compassion

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” – Thomas Jefferson We went to our favorite cafe for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving to satisfy my craving for their popular Amaretto French Toast. While in line to place our order, I noticed a man seated at a corner table, looking…

Pause. Listen to something smooth and breezy.

15 Smooth Jazz Artists for a Relaxing Day It’s smooth and breezy, calm and easy. Call it “elevator music” if you want but for me, smooth jazz—a subgenre of jazz music—can easily put your heart and mind at ease or let your soul move and groove to the untroubled and flowing sounds of the saxophone,…

Lucky or blessed?

I consider a stroke of luck as being at the right place at the right time. When you’re in line to buy tickets to a show and someone walks by and says, “I have some extra tickets” then hands them over to you for free. Before feeding it a dollar in quarters, you find out…