Begin with Joy

Linda Hickok

Sunflowers and the Dunning–Kruger Effect

– Posted in: Self-Worth

If we were sunflowers, would we see ourselves as glorious and radiant? Or would we be a sad drooping mess? Self-perception is a tricky business. Twenty years ago, psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger were studying how people estimate their own levels of competence. They concluded that incompetent people tend not to recognize their own [...]

When Expectations Meet the Beach

– Posted in: gratitude

I visited one of my favorite Lake Michigan beaches, Esch Road Beach, in mid July. I like to walk along this beach in the early morning before the throngs of people arrive. To the north of the bay one can see the Empire Bluffs rising 200 feet from the waves below. To the south, Point [...]

Bad Times, Good Times

– Posted in: gratitude

On most days, the Ohio River does not flow through the streets of downtown Marietta, Ohio. However, this city does have a history of flooding in extreme weather situations. The last major flood was in 2004 when the Ohio Valley was hit by the heavy rains of Hurricane Ivan. There are several markers on downtown [...]

Mitigating the Winter Doldrums

– Posted in: gratitude

Winters can be long. Sometimes really long. There’s comes a time when most Northerners are just done with the shortage of daylight and the inconvenience of wintery weather. Those who can, head out for warmer and sunnier climates. Others huddle by sun lamps. Most get more grumpy. More often than not, the top two photos [...]

Where’s Your Community?

– Posted in: Community

Woodstock, Illinois is a picturesque town some 60 miles northwest of Chicago. It is best known as the location for the film “Groundhog Day”. I enjoy visiting this lovely town. Recently, the McHenry County Historical Society hosted a heritage quilt show at the local Opera House. The quilts shown were between 80 and 150 years [...]

What is Your Style? (or Thank you, Kathy Kolbe)

– Posted in: Kolbe Index

I am now the proud owner of a long arm quilting machine. For you non-quilters, this is an automated quilting frame where the quilt top, the cotton batting (in between stuffing) and the quilt back are sewn together. In our grandmothers’ time, this would be stretched on a large wooden frame and several ladies would [...]

Portraits and Legacies

– Posted in: Legacy

Recently I visited the National Portrait Gallery – located across the street from the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals, 2018 Stanley Cup champions. The gallery tour was thoroughly enjoyable. Probably the presidential portraits are the most famous collection. It was interesting to note how the artistic styles have changed over the centuries. [...]