Friday, May 31, 2019

Boundaries and limits

"Givers need to set limits because takers rarely do." ~Rachel Wolchin


Respect your limits / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The ones we rely on

"Never forget the kind folks who helped you out while others were making excuses." ~Scottish proverb

Favorite gardening tools / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Simple gifts

"If you're always grateful for the little things, it's hard to avoid happiness. It's a lack of gratitude that often keeps us feeling down." ~Marc and Angel Chernoff, 1,000 Little Things Successful People Do Differently

Beach treasure / Cindy La Ferle 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

True listening

"When we raise our awareness -- when we listen to other people's stories, when we become a gatherer of information, when we make the extra effort to tune in and be present -- our own lives become richer, as do those whose lives intersect with our own." ~Iris Ruth Pastor

The beach at LeBear / Cindy La Ferle

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Remembering our veterans

"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay." ~Barack Obama


Grave of Ezra Parker, a veteran of the American Revolution, 

at Royal Oak Township Cemetery. 

Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Finding contentment

“At some point, you gotta let go, sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”  ~Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love


In Susan's garden/ Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Imagination

"To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted." ~George Kneller


  Cinderella was here / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

True originality

"Please help me locate my inner rebel. May I become a trailblazing leader, not a follower. When I stand in my fully actualized glory, I encourage others to do the same." ~Kris Carr, Crazy, Sexy Diet


At Cranbrook House and Gardens / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Accepting constructive criticism

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals


Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Words from the wise

"If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.' Then, repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all, 'This too will pass.' " ~Ann Landers


Foggy morning on the St. Joseph River / Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, May 20, 2019

The ones we count on

"Condiments are like old friends -- highly thought of, but often taken for granted." ~Marilyn Kaytor


Dirty Girl Farm stand at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weekend column: Preparing for the empty nest

"It is not what you do for your children; it's what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings." ~Ann Landers


"The path ahead" / Cindy La Ferle

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Last week, I ran across an essay I wrote after my only child left home for college. Today he's a married man with a home of his own -- yet the topic of launching our kids to adulthood is always close to my heart, especially during graduation season. 

A few of my dearest friends are proud parents of high school and college graduates this month, so I'm dedicating today's post to them. The piece was first published in the 2014 Mother's Day issue of Ideals magazine, and republished by GuidepostsTo read it online, click here



Friday, May 17, 2019

Funny Friday: Art in public places

"You can only be young once. 
But you can always be immature." 
~Dave Barry

"Altered sculpture" in downtown Mount Clemens. 

Cindy La Ferle


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Attitude adjustments

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” ~Wayne Dyer


Gardening boots / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Accepting yourself

"About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for being you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all." ~Rita Mae Brown

Mirror, mirror / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Starting a garden

"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." ~Iris Murdoch

Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Living with courage

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” ~John C. Maxwell 


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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Remembering our mothers

"When we lose our mothers, we lose much that can't be replaced. But we are also left with much to cherish -- memories, unique personality traits and strengths, wisdom, and hopefully an example that can inspire us to offer nurturing love to those who remain in our lives. A mother's love is never lost if it is passed on." ~Peggy Heinzmann Ekerdt

Carlesta with her dog, Sonny / Cindy La Ferle


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Funny Friday: Decisions, decisions

"I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure." ~Steven Wright

Cindy La Ferle


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Real love

"Be certain that 
in the religion of Love 
there are no believers and unbelievers. 
Love embraces all." ~Rumi

Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Moments of happiness

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” ~Charlotte Bronte


Jack with catnip / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Relationship advice

"Don't break a bird's wings and then tell it to fly. Don't break a heart and then tell it to love. Don't break a soul and then tell it to be happy. Don't see the worst in a person and expect them to see the best in you." ~Najwa Zebian

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Motivation

“There can be no happiness if the things we claim to believe in are different from the things we actually do.” ~Freya Stark


Happy feet / Cindy La Ferle

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Overcoming fear

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
~Herman Melville

Nothing is scarier than a closed mind / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Support systems

"Rally your support troops as needed. It can feel really cathartic to vent to someone you value, and who values you, if only to keep things in perspective. Your real friends will be there to remind you that you're amazing -- so keep them close." Joanna McClanahan, Scary Mommy


Sunflowers at Brys Estate Winery / Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Funny Friday: Cosmic evidence

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” ~Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


Night lights / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The company we keep

"And by the way, your mom is right. You do become who you hang around with. Choose your friends wisely." ~Cheryl Richardson


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