The Strength In Tenderness

Posted on Apr 15, 2022 | No Comments

What does it mean, to be strong? This world can be harsh, not fair, not right. Life can hurt, be rough, be tough…it can toss us around a bit. Does this mean we have to put on a coat of armor to navigate it? Do we have to conform to contently live in it? Do we have to put up a front, change who we are, to get along in it?

Can strength and tenderness coexist? I believe the answer is, yes….I believe strength and tenderness are one in the same and I believe tenderness of the heart is the greatest strength there is!

♥️, Jana



Message From A Tortilla

Posted on Apr 2, 2022 | No Comments

When a coconut cassava tortilla with a dash of sea salt sends love your way…it‘s a sign!

♥️, Jana



Good Friends, Zinc Oxide & A Bikini

Posted on Mar 18, 2022 | No Comments

It was the summer of 1978 and was the place to be for an Arizona teenager on a sunny, hot AZ day! It was an oasis in the desert,  jam-packed with teenage sunbathers and surfers. It was Big Surf…in the middle of nowhere, in Tempe, Arizona!

What seemed to be the longest line ever, we would wait impatiently with summer pass in hand. Once inside the gates, we were always greeted by the waft of Hawaiian Tropic and greasy french fries, perfectly adding to this desert beach ambience. Burning our feet on the toasty sand, my girlfriends and I would search for the best spot to place our towels in order to catch ultimate rays. Achieving just the right angle was important to maximize uniform tans… as the sun shifted, so did we! The boombox was tuned-in to 98KUPD, zinc oxide applied perfectly on the nose and bikinis adjusted to minimize tan lines….we were set! And there we would stay, for hours, watching the surfers and checking out the hunky lifeguards from behind our Ray-Bans. We would occasionally dip our feet into the water or take a ride down the water slide to cool off.

After a long day relaxing on this AZ beach, now glowing from the sun, we would stuff our towels into our lockers and throw on a sundress, a little mascara and head over to the after party, dancing the night away under the summer night sky to the greatest music ever!

Big Surf has had a great run since opening their doors in October of 1969. Thanks for the totally awesome memories, Big Surf … you brought endless good times to Arizona kids over the years, providing  a fun and safe place for us teenagers to hang out during our long hot summers! The company of  good friends, zinc oxide & a bikini sprinkled with a beautiful summer day, good tunes & people watching is all we needed to have a total summertime blast!

♥️, Jana

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Life Is Art

Posted on Jan 12, 2022 | No Comments


I love this quote by Helena Bonham Carter. As I reflect upon what she writes here, I think about all that I experience in my day-to-day, focusing on being in the moment and cherishing the precious gift of life…even something as simple as observing the steam rising from a cup of tea or the warm smile from a passerby.  Life is truly art and the more I be still & tune in, the more this becomes evident. The close observance of life…a beautiful gift to the soul & to the world!

♥️, Jana


“Auld Lang Syne”

Posted on Dec 31, 2021 | No Comments

“Auld Lang Syne” translated to English literally means “old long since” or simpler yet, “old times” or “the olden days”.

What does this song mean and why do we listen to and attempt to sing it on New Year’s Eve? It may seem like a complicated tune, but it is simple, really. This Scottish derived song synonymous with New Year’s Eve,  as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, is about old friends.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?

“Should old acquaintance be forgot” is a rhetorical question. The song comes to the conclusion that old acquaintances should not be forgotten but remembered & celebrated.   It is about reconnecting with old friends and thinking about old times.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp
And surely I’ll be mine
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

This scene in the movie, “When Harry Met Sally” explains this song perfectly, simply and sweetly. Happy New Year dear friends! May 2022 bring much joy, happiness, the blessing of friendships & beautiful memories!

♥️,  Jana


Love Is….

Posted on Oct 6, 2021 | No Comments

This darling  little book has been with me since childhood & to this day sits on my nightstand, reminding me of what love truly is…the tattered pages continuing to bring joy.  What I have learned from this sweet little book is that love is a deep appreciation. A deep appreciation for the beauty all around us, within ourselves and within others.  Love is caring unconditionally, speaking kindly, listening intently & giving big warm hugs. Love is  respecting one another, nature and the precious  animals that live among us.  Love is kind, it is sharing thoughts or helping someone in need. Love is the warm feeling that comes over you when thinking of that special someone. Love fills the heart and soul … once you feel it, the heart never forgets…that beautiful and sweet emotion, we call “love“, takes-up residence in the heart and lives there forever & ever.

“Love is a happy feeling that stays in your heart for the rest of your life” ~ Joan Walsh Anglund,  Love Is A Special Way Of Feeling.




Don’t Forget

Posted on Aug 20, 2021 | No Comments

“Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life ~ music, paintings, theatre, dance and sunsets.” ~Eric Carle





The Tunnel

Posted on Aug 18, 2021 | No Comments

On a recent bike ride, I rode through my favorite tunnel. At the end, a great, light-filled view appears, reminding me that the journey through life is similar. The saying, “the light at the end of the tunnel” seems to hold true …. while there may be challenges and darkness along the way, the light always prevails.

As I continue to ride through life, I have come to realize how important it is to recognize both the dark & the light-filled moments, as it is along the way where the most beautiful growth occurs. We will continue to ride through tunnels our entire life here on this earth, leaving it up to us how we view the journey.  As we travel and then arrive, we have gained experience & grown, realizing we made it through once again! The light perhaps, may not be as bright as we had hoped at times, but we made it and we learned!

My thoughts on this beautiful Wednesday … life is like a tunnel…. a beautiful, messy, rewarding, eye-opening, glorious, heartbreaking, challenging, lovely, bumpy, incredible, light-filled… ride!



The Little Leaf (Repost)

Posted on Jul 29, 2021 | No Comments

It has been said that the “little things” in life are really the big things. A smile, a kind word, a handwritten note, a wagging tail, a hug from an old friend, rocking a sleeping baby, a sunset, laughter, a compliment, the flutter of a hummingbird’s wings, a helping hand, a gentle touch…

The collective energy of these little things makes our universe sing! We must remind ourselves, in this exaggerated world, to tune-in and experience the small day-to-day happenings. We have been programmed to believe we have to cram as much as possible into our every day to be successful. Experiencing the little things, the giving & the receiving, as we pause for that moment in time, is a huge success and is much more beautiful & significant than we could ever imagine!

On a recent grocery store trip, I noticed a little brown leaf on a lovely speckled pear. The leaf, incredibly dainty, yet still in tact even after the growing, picking, washing, transporting, displaying, bagging, buying and then the transporting again…to my kitchen. I just know that this little leaf made it through that journey to remind me to pay attention to the little things in life and that a successful day may be as simple as a smile. Thank you, little pear leaf, I am grateful for the sweet reminder!



Ode To The Skirt

Posted on Jul 14, 2021 | No Comments

“Power to the skirt!”, I hear from across the desert hiking trail. I see a woman and a man making their way toward me.  Looking down at my hiking skirt I respond, “Yes, power to the skirt”, then looking up with a smile, wondering to myself if she meant what I meant.

I have always embraced my femininity, not by just what I wear but how I feel inside about being a woman. But, there is something about a skirt: A-line, Pencil, Pleated, Maxi, Mini, Tennis… in cotton, denim, leather, linen, wool, tweed, silk or dry wicking poly …whatever the style or type of fabric, I feel even stronger in my femininity while wearing one. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I do love a great pair of jeans worn with a great pair of boots, but there is just something about the softness and beauty of this flowy type garment.  In a skirt, I feel pretty, soft, lovely, strong…

Growing-up, I was perhaps, one would call a “feminine tomboy”, wearing tennis dresses or skirts often with ribbons in my hair while hitting killer forehands. My grandmother would sew tennis dresses for me adorned with eyelet lace trim on her Singer, pedal driven, sewing machine.  I was often underestimated in my athletic skill due to my ladylike look and modest build, maybe that was my secret strategy!  In all of my athletic endeavors, the tender would shine, making it feel awesome to be a female first with a side of athleticism.

While I am not exactly sure what “power to the skirt” meant to the hiker that day, I hold on to what it means to me…..I celebrate my femininity by humbly and confidently embracing it. I am proud to be female & let my womanhood shine!  I am proud to wear a skirt and sing praises to this true symbol of femininity.  So maybe instead of ‘power to the skirt’ I could have responded, “Ode to the skirt”… where would women’s  beautiful legs be without them!  :).
♥️, Jana




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