On the bridge of Avignon… The giddy anticipation of going on holiday and sweet memories from childhood

THIS is where I will be going on vacation soon with my family. This little village is called Gorde and it is said to be one of THE most beautiful villages in France. We are not actually going to stay there, but close to Avignon - yes, the Avignon from the famous children's song with …

“…our true purpose is not to produce and consume forever, but to love…” – Quotes that make it on the fridge

Today I happened to look at the window of our little bio store. Among jars of pickled aloevera and many other strange (but really good for you - and the planet) things, I found this quote: "It would do us good to follow our true purpose, which is not to produce and consume forever, but …

Do you have eyes for the beauty right in front of you?

These splendid flowers grow wild on the side of the road here in the Belgian countryside where I live. I took the picture last year, on a road in the back of our house. The poppies are back nowadays, as majestic as before. Constant, stable, majestic beauty. They start sprouting somewhere in May, when the …

A sure-fire way to get an immediate sense of accomplishment…

When you feel low on victories or even your own value, when you think you haven't "won one in a while", just... ... make yourself do something you have been procrastinating on, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant. Afterwards you will get a real, palpable glow and a definite sense of accomplishment. If you …

Persistence and Unexpected Joys = Recipe for Satisfaction

If someone had told me five years ago that in a few short months I would be cooking almost every day and, moreover, I would start BAKING CAKES, I would have laughed and said "You certainly have the wrong person!" But lives change and so do tastes - in food, clothes and things to do. …

The DGF: A feeling of the “rightness” of things

Before I became a mother I used to look at helicopter moms with - I admit it! - just a bit of contempt. "Poor kids! They can't breathe!" I used to think. "Let them be!" And then I became one.  The thing is, I don't see myself as "suffocating". My son certainly doesn't think so …

The DGF: Cultivating a feeling of connection

My brother is having problems with both of his teenagers. They are in full rebellion mode and letting their parents have it in all the ways they know how. One of those ways involves being cold and distant at times, defiant and rejecting at others. The name of the game is "pushing away". I scare …

The DGF: Routine vs. Stability vs. Consistency

We usually think of "routine" as a bad thing. It's the "soul-killing grind", the mind-numbing dream thief that brings boredom, dread and various levels of depression.. It takes wisdom to see that there is a powerful nurturing force in routine. You will see it if you call it "consistency", or "constancy", or "steadiness", or "stability". …