open invitation no. 49: sunset challenge

Capture a sunset. Consider capturing a sunset. It can be a sunset from long ago or one that’s happened this week. Here’s the challenge: Don’t use color words — red, pink, purple, but still allow us to visualize the color of the sunset. Don’t use seasonal words, but give us a sense of the timeContinue reading “open invitation no. 49: sunset challenge”

open invitation no. 38: rituals

Rituals are comforting “There is a comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers.” —Deborah Norville Rituals are comforting. Every morning, since I was a little girl, I’ve opened my eyes and think, “It’s going to be a good day.” It’s a ritual that starts myContinue reading “open invitation no. 38: rituals”

open invitation no. 33: gratitude

Make a gratitude list. Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. —Amy Collette Make a gratitude list. Be creative. Use photographs or doodles. Collect some ephemera. (That’s a fancy word writers use that loosely means stuff you’d throw away if you didn’t haveContinue reading “open invitation no. 33: gratitude”

open invitation no. 30: magic unmasked

Masks hide magic. The idea of a mask in any scenario has always fascinated me. Not only does it protect identity, it also allows one to hide. —Jason Reynolds Today’s invitation to magic is to consider a mask you have encountered. It can be one you’ve worn; it can be figurative; it can be fromContinue reading “open invitation no. 30: magic unmasked”

open invitation no. 27: fall food

Take a bite. What are your favorite fall foods? What were your traditional favorites when you were a kid? Share some with others. Handwrite a recipe or drop a taste on a co-worker’s desk. When we share our favorites, the joy is magnified. Take a bite, and share a story about fall food with us!Continue reading “open invitation no. 27: fall food”

open invitation no. 21: seasons change

Seasons change. I live in a part of the world where we have four distinct seasons. Every few months the outside world changes. Colors change; sometimes things die and other times things sprout; animal rhythms shift; the sky looms and the noises of earth adjust to the new season. The same is true for allContinue reading “open invitation no. 21: seasons change”