First Bloom

Mammoth sunflowers are remarkable. I planted moonflower, dahlias, and sunflowers in late May, just before summer. I got the seeds as a very kind gift and enjoy gardening, yard work, and nature in general – but have never grown flowers from seed. After quickly ‘studying up’ on the species and reading some sparse directions on the…

Joy Moments

Good evening; it’s been a while! ✨ Last weekend I volunteered at an extraordinary women’s gathering in Bethlehem. It included 160+ attendees from the U.S. & Central America, working to affect positive social change in our communities. Found a moment at the very end of the day that Saturday to reflect and capture the excitement of it all. Wishing…

Life’s best teacher: empathy

How can we relate to others, so that we share in their experiences without oversimplifying or over-identifying with what the other person shares? Personal stories are unique, individually lived and crafted. We may have similar stories and experiences.  And we are often connected through patterns, routines, retraced steps, interactions…the “Etch A Sketch” of life. But…

Pursuit

Pursue the thing that moves you. Don’t limit its ambition, or cover its brilliance. Let your dreams flame a constant fire within you, and let your visions be the edge — the uncommon and unmistakable quality — that others notice; that you cannot shake. And when your long-term hopes fade as embers, push through. Because…

Walk before you run

~3.5 mos. later – knee healed, colder temps, and improved air quality; I’m back. 💝  

Word on the street

Phew! It’s been a minute. This summer I’ve taken a few months to decompress, rest, and connect with lawyers in the community and Lehigh Valley (my hometown!). Never too far from the City and its neighbors though, with: 1. Interviews/meetings in the Philly area, +2. *A remarkably incredible and LOVELY Indian wedding in Wissahickon earlier this…

Update: “New Things”

I finished reading War and Peace during my spare, non-study time…which lately has been fewer and fewer hours each day. The version I have is translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude, and includes lots of supplementary material like Tolstoy’s personal reflections and posed Q&As regarding his book. It took me years to read it after…

Update: “New Things”

I got a keyboard!! 😃 It is a full (88-key) M-Audio Keystation – a beauty, and I’ve actually had it for several weeks. I love it! With semi-weighted keys, the best part(s) about this Keystation is that you can connect it to your laptop, record, synthesize & compose music, play different virtual instruments, and get the authentic sound of…