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     Besides Valentines, we consider February a love month in our family, because it’s the birthday of our daughter Susan and our wedding anniversary. But love also comes in many non-traditional ways that we’ve been noticing and enjoying. Come see!

Life on the Land: Love from Nature

After celebrating Susan’s 50th birthday in Boston, we arrived home to 12 inches of snow in early February.  But every gardener knows that under the deep stillness of bleak mid-winter lies a miracle, of seeds waiting to sprout, the unfurling of buds, and bulbs reaching to the light.  Now, in late February, our yellow Elizabeth magnolia and star magnolia buds, plus daffodil and tulip bulbs are boldly emerging.  Each day new life shows the resurgence of Spring.  Our soul welcomes these days of promise, along with the tempting garden catalogues!  Thrilled to see this bouquet from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts knowing that such blooms will soon be here! 

Update:  Love for Soul Space 



With the motto, “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,” the Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. Delighted that Soul Space: Creating Places and Lives that Make a Difference was honored with the Illumination Silver Medallion Award for “Keepsake and Gift” books.   A special thanks to Barbara Genetin, the graphic artist who took my pictures and texts and created sustaining beauty.  You can order gift books on my author’s website:

Book Pleasures:  Love from Creative Authors

When mentioning I wanted to enhance my efforts in deeper concentration during mindfulness practices, a friend introduced me to How to Train a Wild Elephant: Simple Daily Mindfulness Practices for Living Life More Fully and Joyfully.  Staying “still” has never been my strong skill.  So I’ve appreciated how the author introduces ways throughout the day where we can practice mindfulness.  Chapters such as “Every Time the Phone Rings,” “Waiting,” “Mindful Driving” and “Just Three Breaths” illustrate practical approaches to strengthening this dimension to our lives. 

 Great Winter Reading: 
Love of History and Democracy

If you like a “can’t put down” spy book, consider reading the true story The Spy and the Traitor.  Ben MacIntyre has written a thrilling tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian KKG spy whose secret world as a British counter-spy helped hasten the end of the Cold War.  A New York Times bestseller, John Le Carre’ called it “the best true spy story I have ever read.” 

Sorting through treasured or cluttering memorabilia: 
Love from family life

Are you needing to go through collections of memorabilia?   We inherited boxes of memories from our parents and children, plus kept our own sentimental items since high school.  Way too much!  All “decluttering guides,” offer valuable guidance on deciding “what is worth keeping?”  
Two parts have actually been really fun. First, advice to “pass it on” by creating envelopes filled with prized photographs, birth and wedding announcements, and letters gives recipients a glimpse of their earlier self.  Secondly, the advice to “go digital” by scanning (and backing up) valued photographic and artistic memories helped.  This poster of Krista with a puppy clearly “sparks joy,” and scanning allowed us to toss the large wrinkled poster.

Here’s a helpful website with 10 suggestions on getting rid of sentimental clutter.

Boston Museum of Fine Art: Growing in Love after neglect of Women Artists and Artists of Color

            While in Boston, Jim and I visited their renown Museum of Fine Art, now celebrating their 150th anniversary.  The MFA publicly recognize how slim their attention has been to female artists, with less than 10% in their collection, and artists of color.
             In honor of the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to the vote, they’ve dedicated their entire top floor to women artists from 1920 to 2020. 
            Also, in the center of the main floor, they focused on Black Histories: Black Futures, curated entirely by Boston high school teenagers through summer workshops. Students selected the works of art, wrote the labels and developed the themes—all of which focus on powerful images of Black communities, created by Black artists.

The museum vows “to do better” beginning with these two major exhibits.

Here are a few of their fabulous collections of diverse expressions.

 Cristo Negro:  Mexican textile artist, Lola Cueto’s  1924

Still Life: block-printed cotton velvet, Ruth Reeves, 1930

Tire Jumping in Front of My Window 1936 Allan Rohan Crite

Madonna of Dudley Station 1987 Allan Rohan Crite

 Valentine Chocoholic recipe for any time of year!  
Love from the kitchen

For Valentines, I discovered this ultra-easy but ultra-delicious dark chocolate recipe that is stunning in its simplicity and taste. See full recipe and video on Brought it to a neighborhood tea, to a friend’s for dessert, and for Jim on Valentine’s Day. Lots of raves!
Hope you are enjoying walks as Spring awakens!  If you have any pictures of Spring sightings or recipes you want to share, please contact me below.   

Hope you savor Spring!


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