“Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Over Spring Break our family visited The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri. How incredible it was to learn about how much these delicate creatures can accomplish in the […]Read more "Butterfly Joy"
Martin Puryear, Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996 “Why do I feel I have to reach, believe I have to rise, When You never said I had to climb these broken ladders?” -Selah While living in Fort Worth, Texas, I visited the Museum of Modern Art and came across a sculpture by […]Read more "Are You Climbing a Broken Ladder?"
The Angelus – Jean-Francois Millet, 1859 A picture is worth a thousand words, and just like musical expressions of praise, paintings can often inspire us to worship. One such painting is The Angelus, a beautiful depiction of the inseparable relationship between worship and our daily tasks. Max Lucado wrote the following about this […]Read more "“The Angelus”, Work, and Worship"
Our world is a beautiful place, full of color, mystery, and wonder. Why is it so incredibly beautiful? What does this stunning display mean? The beauty of the universe is a profound gift. First, it proves that there is a God – a Divine Artist. If science or evolution had sparked the world’s creation, then […]Read more "Motivating Monday – The Gift of Beauty"
A new beginning The page is blank, awaiting words that do not come. – Anonymous Most writers recognize that Japanese Haiku poetry is beautiful in its simplicity of structure and complexity of meaning, but can writing Haiku make us better at what we do? This year the first thing I had my […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – 3 Reasons To Try Haiku"
I adore “quotable quotes,” especially those that inspire me to push for greatness. To finish out the “A to Z Challenge,” I’d like to share a few motivating quotes that will spice up your Monday with renewed zest! Be sure to check back each Monday, as we kick each week off […]Read more "Z – Zest (A Motivating Monday)"
Color adds so much more to our world than mere beauty… it enhances the meaning and truth within everything it touches. Have you ever thought of the rich, eternal conflict which lies within each color? In order to capture the conflict and tension buried deep within the color yellow, I used a diamante […]Read more "Y – Yellow Paradox"
“We were literally planning a vacation when I got the call asking if I could come and talk to them about it. At the time, it left me with literally four and a half weeks to write. … I spent the weekend with my kids and said, ‘You know what? The next four and […]Read more "R – “Rogue One”: A Film Score Worth Remembering"
“You’ve been given a gift, this profound connection to everything. Just look for it, and I promise you it’s there, the collateral beauty.” – Madeleine, “Collateral Beauty” Movies often entertain, but every so often you will come across a film which really makes you think. If you’re a poetic soul who loves to ponder […]Read more "P – The Philosophical Perspective on Love & Death in “Collateral Beauty”"
“If there’s a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” – Anonymous A recipe is every bit as unique – and just as intensely personal – as a portrait painted by hand. Each family has their own “take” on classic recipes, and when someone shares a favorite dish […]Read more "J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!"