In our age of cynicism, should we consider stories of sacrificial love to inspire, motivate, guide and encourage us? We must admit, human hearts are continually captivated by stories of love and devotion; they are susceptible and tender when it comes

Let me tell you a true story.  It was reported on Good Morning, America. It seems a young woman had been invited to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II in the Buckingham Palace gardens.  She was actually sitting with the Queen

I feel just the slightest bit of cool as I sit in my swing, enjoying the early mornings in my little courtyard.  Soon the temperature will drop to our friendly and pleasant New Mexico autumn weather, and we will hear

Pursuing Beauty - Japanese Style #1  - Ikebana           Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  I once hosted an ikebana class in my home with other artists, to my great delight. The principles of design in this art form

In the oh, so proper world of tea etiquette, there are six (yes, SIX) ways to properly eat your scone.  The main thing to remember, however, is that the scone must be halved horizontally.  Please don't hurt my heart by