Cancer’s cancer (Q15)

Think back to a time when you received bad news. I am not talking about the grocery store running out of your favorite creamer, or having to wait 3 months for your new phone to come in the mail. I mean legitimate bad news. You get a lump in your throat; eyes start to well;…

A goat smells like goat (Q14)

When I was little I used to spend time in Italy with my grandparents. I was a big trouble maker, so it’s hard to believe how anyone put up with me. If I have a child that tries to pull the stuff that I did growing up… I may go bonkers. I recall one time…

Open your ears to the clouds (Q13)

There is a gentle breeze in the air. The pine tree is slowly dancing to the sounds of leaves blowing in the wind. A bumble bee buzzes by; flying from plant to plant in search of whatever it is that might tickle his fancy. Grapes hang from their vine waiting to ripen. The leaves of…

Generosity ripples through generations (Q10)

With some discouraging news having come up last week, 52Quarters has not been top of mind. As such, I will have two shorter posts this week (1 to make up for last week and 1 for this week). There are always lots of stories shared at the dinner table… some sticking out more than others.…

A little bird can change your perspective (Q8)

When I was little I spent quite a bit of time in Italy with my grandmother. I did lots to keep myself occupied (collected giant snails, rode a bike without brakes down the mountain side, climbed hay bales, and a number of other things that got me in trouble). I never went looking to get…

A smile can tell a story (Q5)

No need for words. I find myself staring in the mirror studying different variations of a smile. A forced smile, staged smile, fake smile, sad smile, sneeky smile, smirk and so on. This is not a hobby of mine, but on this particular day I was drawn to the simple complexity of a smile and…

Hang on every word to catch little lessons (Q4)

Time will surely loosen your grip. This past weekend was my cousin’s 1st birthday party. As I get older it feels like there are fewer times when the whole family is together, so I cherish the time spent with them. I was happy to see my Uncle Frank there. I feel like I have seen…

Be fueled by people who put you down (Q3)

We have all come into contact with or know that person who likes to flaunt everything they have and make a big deal about everything that they do. They move through life seeking recognition from everyone around them and trying to evoke feelings of envy. They try to fill their life with things to make…

A leaf should understand the struggle of its roots (Q2)

Understand where you came from to truly appreciate where you are. Take a walk to a park and sit on a bench near the tallest tree you can find. Listen to the sounds around you and take in the scene. Restrain yourself from throwing on your headphones for just a few minutes to appreciate everything…

Regret is like eating a chocolate cake alone (Q1)

Learn from each slice. Try eating a chocolate cake alone (if you have never tried before). Chances are you will make yourself sick, it will make you gain a few pounds and it is going to take a lot of time and energy to take off those extra pounds and keep them off. It will…