March 28, 2018


Our blue kayak on the shore of Little Tybee Island


“If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride.”

That’s another quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This quote brings to mind a vacation memory with my husband while visiting Tybee Island, Georgia. We had the pigheadedness to paddle a kayak from Backwater Beach to Little Tybee Island, despite the forecast prediction of rain. Within 15 minutes of setting foot on Little Tybee, sure enough, a downpour ensued. With no place for cover, we decided to forego our beach adventure, and head back. The paddle back was dangerous and rough. What should have been a 20 minute return trip, took close to an hour. Exhausted and wet, I never wanted to look at a kayak, again.

One thing I learned from this escapade was perseverance. You can accomplish ANYTHING if you just keep your eye on the destination.

The Midwest has been having it’s fair share of rain lately. Between the cold and the rain, I’m wondering if those sweet little daffodils and crocus poking through the ground, will ever see the sunshine. Of course, it’s raining!

Peace out,





July 28, 2017

Today’s quote is dedicated to all those with ambition, or striving to accomplish a goal.

“Without ambition one starts nothing.

Without work one finishes nothing.

The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

Simple as that. Follow your dream, whatever that may be.

Now go have a good day!



November 8, 2015

Today I dedicate this post to Allen, a friend to my husband and me. Although we didn’t see him much in the last few years, whenever our paths crossed, we’d pick up from where we’d left off with easy conversation.

Allen’s life was cut short. When I heard the news of his passing, I paused to reflect on the good times spent with him and his wife.

Hubby remembers a particular Mexico mission trip with our church, where he and Allen signed up as cooks for the group. He loved the quiet of the morning while everyone else slept, brewing coffee and talking with Allen, and the two preparing food for a fiesty bunch of teenagers ready to spread the word of the Lord.

Allen and Vanessa where one of the only couples attending our first photography show, when no one else did. Afterwards, we shared a savory meal at nearby restaurant and chatted for hours.

They raised two beautiful children, who were always courteous, friendly and respectful.

And Allen went to work every day to serve, protecting citizens from harm’s way.

That’s what I remember about Allen. The good things.

I don’t normally cry at funerals, but seeing the photo galleries the family had constructed, I wept like a baby. I said a prayer for God’s grace to blanket Allen and his family.

Which brings me to this quote,

“Life is short, but there’s always time for courtesy.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think if we all treated people like Allen did, then we might just get it right. Living for others, and not ourselves. Serving others, which is what Allen did every day in his job. That’s what Jesus did.

And the world just might be a better place.












April 1, 2015

DSC_0815 Lone Spring path - Russell and Sabrina copyr

It’s been a rough week for me, unmotivated in my writing, concentrating more on events taking place this week. I find it difficult to accomplish much, knowing a decision needs to be made.

I am reminded of this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, that tells us to listen to your heart, listen to God.

“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~


March 5, 2014

Setting sail - St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands by S. Nielsen

Setting sail – St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands by S. Nielsen

As I embark on a journey of learning through publishing my ‘healing’ coffee table book, Folly Beach Dances – The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore, I remember the words of a great essayist and poet, whose values and ideas never cease to inspire me.

“Be not the slave of your own past.

Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, and an advanced experience that shall explains and overlook the old.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

January 8, 2014

You know those days when you feel that weird pit in the bottom of your stomach, or an uneasiness you can’t explain?  Those are the days you need to trust God to get you through your trials and tribulations. With two routine medical procedures scheduled this week, I’m feeling a little rattled.  Also, my book designer will soon be finished with edits. Then the marketing starts.

So maybe I should practice what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

I think that says it all…

DSC_1946 Russell on beach revised copyr

October 22, 2013

I recently attended a Saturday Writer’s poetry workshop lead by St. Louis author Kelli Allen.  The two things that stuck out in my mind long after I left were finding your ‘duende’ and “if you are out to serve your heart, it doesn’t matter that you are the best.”

Those words are imbedded in my head.  So much so, I chose to write them on my chalk-painted antique chest that sits in my entry hall.

Eventually, I’ll change out the saying, but for now it reminds me of goals set, my uniqueness and independence.

Kelli’s words also reminded me of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  It goes like this…

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

What a wonderful message of self-reliance Emerson penned.

Be true to your heart and your soul, and you can’t go wrong.  It doesn’t matter what others think.



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As this Labor Day weekend approaches, I think about all the wonderful places I’ve visited over the years.

My heart always brings me back to the beach and the ocean.

Here’s an inspirational quote from one of my favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”

I’ve been blessed to live Emerson’s words.  There’s nothing like sinking your toes in the sand, feeling the cool rush of the sea against your body, and feeling the wind rustle through your hair.

Safe travels to all this holiday weekend, and if you get the chance, go down to the beach.


May 10, 2013

A friend asked me what I was doing on Friday.  This is what I told him.

*Visiting my Aunt recovering from a broken hip. (My mom’s sister.  My last living aunt.)

*Seeing a friend who had a stem cell transplant. (Last summer he was told he had little time left on this earth, and look at him now.  Yeah!)

*Visiting a neighbor who had hip surgery.  (We’ve become friends over the course of the year while out walking my dog.  I met her while toiling in her garden.)

He said, “You’re a caregiver on Friday.”

Lunar Eclipse August, 2007

Lunar Eclipse August, 2007

I replied, “I guess you could look at it that way.”

All these people in my life have endured great hardship.  I don’t really feel like a caregiver, just someone who cares about people.  Not quite sure, what you would call that.

One thing I’m certain about is when you’re down, (and this sounds cliche), the only way you can go is up.

I dedicate this quote to everyone who is  going through something — medical, emotional, job-related, or otherwise.  And remember to just keep praying.

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some words of wisdom from a wonderful writer and author. ..

January 26, 2013

How often do we stir up regret on things that have happened in the past?  I love the  quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.


“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

DSC_0389 ibis on sunset grille rail hh copy


July 9, 2012

After the news last week of my diagnosis, I decided not to be sorrowful for myself, but be positive and make lemonade out of lemons.

Here are two wonderful quotes from one of my favorite authors…

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Soaring, Folly Beach, SC


February 14, 2012

The cold kiss of winter brushes my rosy cheeks as five gaggles of geese fly overhead, from north to south in the hazy cotton sky.  I stand silent listening intently to their cackling, as if I could understand their language.  They land in the field nearby as graceful as an experienced aviator guides a plane in for a landing.

For you, my friends on Valentine’s Day, I leave you with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.      Sheree

“To a dull mind all of nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


February 13, 2012

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunset on Santa Rosa Beach

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