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Living Life Passionately 

We're all told to "live our lives to the fullest" and I'm here to help you do just that. Through my tragedy, pain and loss, I discovered my passion for writing, speaking, and photography. It's my desire that you live the best version of yourself and do it with joy and passion.

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Hurricane Ian

If this photo looks a little blurry, I apologize. I wasn't brave enough to open the sliding glass door that opens up to the lanai. Today...

Praying for Strangers!

I'm not sure if you've ever done this, but it's something I do all the time: Pray for strangers. It could be a homeless person on the...

World Laughter Day!

If there's something the world needs now, it's World Laughter Day (May 1, 2022).And what better gift to give your mom on Mother's Day --...

In the Soup Again!

On sale in stores today (April 19) is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Too Funny! After two years of a pandemic and constant news of the war in...

He is Risen

As I sat in church this Easter Sunday, I couldn't help but think of the war in Ukraine. We're celebrating the risen Christ and rejoicing...

Catch of the Day!

Junonia and Alphabet Cone On January 27 (my father-in-law's birthday), I found these two beauties on Anna Maria Island. The one on the...

Kiss the Cook

Pix by Connie (Anna Maria Island, Florida) Trapped by reality, freed by imagination. ~Nicolas Manetta “How are we ever going to buy...

Sandbars and Seashells

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1 Sandbars are an interesting phenomenon and I...

Where were you on 9/11?

It's impossible to forget that beautiful September day in Pennsylvania twenty years ago. I had just gotten to work and was grabbing a cup...

World Travel Anyone?

There was a time when I couldn't wait to get on a plane and travel the world. In 2009, I visited Europe three times in six months. I went...

A Treasure Chest of Shells

Our granddaughter, Clara, turns six on August 17th and as promised, I made her a treasure chest of shells in her favorite color -- teal!...

Paradise Found!

We have friends visiting us this week on Anna Maria Island. We worked with them on the island of Sicily for six years and we remember...

This Too Shall Pass

One of my mom's favorite sayings is "this too shall pass." It always gave me comfort while growing up, whether it was a failing grade or...

Lazy Daze

Did you ever have one of those days when you felt like loafing on the sofa? Today was one of those days. Last week, we had our kids and...

A Dream Come True

I'm not sure what your dreams are, but my dream has always been to have a vacation with our kids and grandkids. Parents of all boys seem...

Crossing Bridges

I've had a fascination with bridges for as long as I can remember. I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and my favorite bridge is the...

Moving Memories

My husband and I have moved 38 times in 45 years. That’s not a typo. The great thing about that is I’ve never had time to collect...

To Catch a Sunset

I'm a sunset chaser. Ask anyone who's been in the car with me and watched me swerve off to the side of the road to catch a sunset. To say...

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