Begin with Joy


Finding Inner Peace

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Do you have everything you need? A pleasant home? A decent income? A fairly stable family life? A hobby or two? Some friends, maybe even good friends? Is this enough? How about your spirit? Your soul? Does your spirit seem to long for more? Perhaps, this is the year that you get serious about feeding [...]

Beyond New Year Resolutions

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Not only a new year but a new decade is just a week or two away. I would encourage you to take a couple of minutes to reflect on your experiences of 2019. I recently review this year’s photos stored on my smart phone. Here are a few of my favorites. What I noticed was [...]

Peaceful Moments

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Summer Solstice 2019 is now history. That evening at sunset ( the very late sunset) I was sitting by the shore of Glen Lake gazing at the fabulous sunset appearing in the sky over the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. The glow of the sky. The reflection in the water. The fresh stillness of the air. [...]

Cherry Blossoms and the Joy Connection

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What a delight to be strolling through the National Arboretum in Washington, DC when the cherry trees were in blossom during the first part of April. The snow had melted and the sun was shining. In addition to flowering cherry trees, there were other features to enjoy. In mid-April the herb garden was still fairly [...]

Get Hygge!

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Want to be happy? Consider asking a Dane. Afterall, Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world. And these very happy people have a practice for surviving their long, cold winters. They call it “hygge” (pronounced HOO-GUH). What is hygge? According to Visit Denmark, hygge is “a feeling, an experience, a sensation. [...]

Wings of Serenity

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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 [...]

The Things We Love

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What are the things that you love? Here are some photos of what I love: I love my family and friends. I love nature, especially the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes area. I love sharing – this photo was taken in Haiti with Eduardo whom we are helping with his educational expenses. I love gardening. I love [...]

The Gift of the Night Skies

– Posted in: Star gazing

I love to look at stars. But this is very difficult in metropolitan skies where there is almost always a faint glow from the city lights. Stars can be seen in the suburbs, but usually only the brightest ones. But go out into the country and on a cloudless night, and you will see that [...]