Category: Life


Image courtesy of Faber-Castell Design A few years ago I noticed some of my favorite quilting blogs were choosing a word for the year. I like that idea. It is not a resolution, but an intent. A focus. A promise. My word for 2016 is “discover.” We are never really complete or finished. There is …

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A Loss Too Big

Paula Ward Cuomo July 23, 1957 – March 13, 2015 I miss you….every single day. In my heart forever. xo Please follow and like the blue thistle


care. nourish. develop. cultivate. consider. minister. treasure. foster.sustain. value. Have you seen all the posts lately about choosing a word for the New Year? I’ve been thinking about the word I’d like to live by in 2015. N.U.R.T.U.R.E. I’m a physical therapist, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt. I nurture others all the …

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The Creative Life

What brings you joy? Fulfillment? A sense of well being? A feeling of satisfaction? For me – it is the simple act of creating. Creativity comes from deep within ourselves and has roots in our dreams, desires, the way we see ourselves in the world, our connection to others. Do you write? Or quilt? Or …

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Merry Christmas!

It is sunny and cold here in Northern California! I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather on this wonderful Christmas day. Merry Christmas to all of you!   Please follow and like the blue thistle

Beyond the Shadow of War: The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden

This is a piece I wrote which was first published on The Piker Press in 2005. I thought it would be nice to share it with my blog readers on this Memorial Day weekend. All photos in this post are clickable to enjoy a larger view.  ********************************************** Situated in the high desert of Northern California, …

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Ten Years…

It has been ten wonderful years of marriage … hard to believe how fast the time has gone by. I feel so incredibly lucky to have this wonderful man in my life! Today he arrived home with these: I love you, Honey!!!! Please follow and like the blue thistle

Reflection in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Yesterday I was glued to the news unfolding out of Boston. The streets I had once called home were in lockdown, eerily quiet except where thousands of police officers, lights flashing, searched for a young man who had brought terror to the city. It was surreal, almost unbelievable. If felt like a set of a …

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Google Reader Going Away – But, I Hope You’ll Stay

Like half the blog-o-sphere, I gaped in disbelief when I read that Google is planning to discontinue its feed reader service beginning July 1st. After denial, there was, predictably, anger. I’ve been subscribing to blogs through Google Reader ever since I started blogging and the last thing I wanted to do was spend hours looking …

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Visiting Italy: Real and Imagined

Seven years ago, three years into our marriage, my husband and I started talking about taking a trip to Italy. We decided we would visit this amazing country in the year we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary, and promised each other to start saving money towards that end. We started a “travel” savings account and …

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