Begin with Joy


Sixteen Months and Counting

– Posted in: retirement

Sixteen months ago, I left my corporate job. I made The Escape. It was time. Mostly, I’ve rested. I’ve allowed myself not to worry so much. I’ve avoided deadlines like the plague. This has been a precious gift of time. I’ve been able to spend more time with family and friends. And like my friend [...]

Kiss the Earth

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

What if we were to walk each step as if it were a miracle? Thich Nhat Hanh writes in Your True Home that by being truly aware of each moment, each breath and each step, we can appreciate that we are participating in the miracle of life. In fact, each one of our steps is [...]

Wings of Serenity

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Have you ever visited a butterfly house? Or sat in a specially designed butterfly garden teeming with fluttering wings? This summer I visited the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, located on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Here are photos of some of the butterflies that I was able to observe. I was so in awe of their [...]

A Different Perspective

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

The world looks different from thousands of feet in the air. Recently, I was a passenger in a Cessna piloted by my brother, Dave. We flew over the Leelanau Peninsula and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is country that we have known all of our lives. The Dunes is the largest moving sand [...]

Put Your Money Where Your Joy Is

– Posted in: joyful giving

I derive great pleasure from charitable giving. Knowing that my relatively modest gifts make a difference in other people’s lives is gratifying. There are thousands and thousands of charities needing support. It’s just a matter of finding one that speaks to your heart. My heart is drawn to sponsoring children in need. Through organizations such [...]