Sunday, June 30, 2019

The high road

"Calmly and respectfully remove yourself from negative situations. By refusing to engage in the battle, you are not only diffusing emotion and taking the high road, but you are honoring yourself by not allowing negativity to inform your self-worth." ~Dr. Karen Luis


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Companionship

"Winning friends begins with being a friend." 
~Dale Carnegie

Jack and Izzie / Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Questioning our assumptions

"You will never know exactly what another person is going through, or what their whole story is. Your assumptions about someone else's life are in direct relation to your limited perspective." ~Marc & Angel Hack Life

Herb garden at Cranbrook House / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Contemplation

"Give yourself the gift of five minutes of contemplation. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe." ~Wayne Dyer


Morning moment / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Essential or optional?

“The only people who deserve a special place in your life are the ones who never make you feel like you're an option in theirs.”  ~Shannon L. Adler


Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass collection at Greenfield Village / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Keeping it simple

"It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it is making a great deal out of the little ones." ~Jean Webster


Simplicity / Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Personal boundaries

"Honoring your own boundaries is the clearest message to others that they must honor them, too." ~Gina Greenlee


The view from LeBear/ Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Inner light

"You do not need anyone to light up your life. There is great joy in discovering you can do that for yourself." ~M. H. Clark

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Thorns of experience

"One thorn of experience is worth 
a whole wilderness of warning." 
~James Russell Lowell

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Perfect tranquility

“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind, the realm of your own.” ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Gardens at LeBear / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sensitivity lessons

“I am never going to be 'less sensitive' so that you feel better about being judgmental toward me.” ~Dan Pearce


Sunset / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Independence

"When you're brave enough to be alone, it frees you up to invite people into your life because you want them there -- and not because you need them for something." ~Mandy Hale


Delray Beach / Cindy La Ferle

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Monday, June 17, 2019

True beauty

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." ~Coco Chanel

In Susan's garden / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Asking for help

"If you want to live the biggest life you can, asking for help is sometimes the bravest thing you can do." ~Geneen Roth


Remy / Cindy La Ferle

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Funny Friday: Daydreaming

"I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering." ~Steven Wright

Beach walk / Cindy La Ferle

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The way we see things

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for....In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the coloring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”  ~John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Formula for happiness

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”  ~Tom Bodett


Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo, MI / Cindy La Ferle

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Acceptance

"I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again, and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I'd rather remember it as it was, at its best, than mend it and see the broken pieces as long as I lived." ~Margaret Mitchell


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Choosing a positive outlook

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” ~Roy T. Bennett


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Friday, June 7, 2019

Weekend column: Collecting beach stones

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~Joseph Campbell


On the beach in Glen Arbor / Cindy La Ferle

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Michigan BLUE recently redesigned its website, making it easier for readers to catch up on issues they've missed. Whether you're a Michigan resident or wish you could be one, this gorgeous magazine will inspire you to explore the beauty of our Great Lakes State. I've enjoyed my working relationship with BLUE for several years. The Summer 2018 issue contains a reflective essay I wrote on midlife and aging, which was inspired one morning while I was collecting beach stones on the shores of Lake Michigan. You can read it here. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Admitting our mistakes

"I always like to remind myself that the most honorable people are not those who never make mistakes, but those who admit to them when they do, and then move on and do their best to right the error." ~Yolanda Hadid


At Empire Bluffs / Cindy La Ferle

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Escaping our emotional baggage

"The vacation we most often need is freedom from our own mind." ~Jack Adam Weber


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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Castles in the air

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Cranbrook House, Bloomfield Hills / Cindy La Ferle

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Tea Time magazine

"Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things." ~Chaim Potok

Tea Time magazine, July/August 2019 / Cindy La Ferle

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My love affair with tea began at the kitchen table in my Scottish grandmother's home when I was a little girl. While I also grew to appreciate a strong cup of coffee much later, I still enjoy the pleasures of tea -- hot or cold. So I'm especially happy to add Tea Time magazine to my list of published credits. Available nationally this month, the July/August issue contains a new essay about both of my tea-loving grandmothers. ~Cindy La Ferle