Sunday, February 24, 2013




Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. 
The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker,
 and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia
 procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old
 Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn 
something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. 
Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time,
 that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
 Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. 
We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that
 animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. 
I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life —
 like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,
”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

...give the world a reason to dance...

"it's everybody's duty...

to give the world
a reason to dance."

here is an awesome little motivational speaker...he is worth checking out.

and out.
let your light shine.
and for heaven's sake.
just BE.

Sunday, February 17, 2013





do more than exist,
do more than touch,
do more than look,
do more than read,
do more than hear,
do more than listen,
do more than think,
do more than talk,
say something.
~john h. rhoades

from the book be.

icicles and sunsets.
the beauty and color.
this simple.
form of frozen.
water takes on.
these are the things.
that catch my eye.
these are the simple things.
i want to share.
through my photography.
i don't spend a lot of time.
pondering the ways of the world.
that gives me a headache.
i spend a lot of time pondering
icicles and sunsets.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

...whisper tree songs at night in their dreams...

when I die, she said, 
i'm coming back as a tree with deep roots
 & i'll wave my leaves at the children 
every morning on their way to school
 & whisper tree songs at night in their dreams. 
trees with deep roots know about the things children need.

really does.
so much.
for the soul.
join us?
just BE.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


this one is SOOC, no playing with this one. this is all mother nature at minus four.



the minute you begin
to do what you really
want to do,
it's really a different 
kind of life.
~buckminster fuller

having that conversation.
with yourself.
is hard.
can i really do.
what i want to do.
it is easy to let.
self doubt creep in.
so maybe.
you start with baby steps.
nobody said you had to jump in feet first.
you are never going to know.
until you try.
what would you do.
if you had no worries.
no self doubt.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

...the spirit should never grow old...

"if wrinkles must be written upon our brow,

 let them not be written upon the heart; 

the spirit should never grow old."

James A. Garfield

to my delight.
the sun is shining.
it is shining through minus four degrees.
there were many.
happy shadow moments.
probably spent way to many moments.
capturing them.
but the one.
that warms my heart the most.
is the one i found.
on this picture painted by my Grampa Herman.
with painfully crippled  hands.
he started painting at age 79.
i have never seen the sun shine here before.
i cherish this painting.
hi grampa.
thank you for coming to me today.
in this beautiful way.
join us.
just BE.

Sunday, February 3, 2013




almost everything
comes from
~henri-frederic amiel

from the book be

from the first photo.
of the bubble.
floating through the air.
where time seems to be still.
to the photo of my youngest son.
dressed up for snowcoming.
the moments in between.
where milestones are hit.
the moments of ordinary.
every day.
fly past.
take time.
to savor those moments.
because they are what become.
welcome to coffee hour. 
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.