valentine 2016

My Sophanista Valentina

What do we know about Valentine’s Day?    Who is its namesake? The year was 269. Claudias, emperor of Rome, put out an edict that NO soldier could marry, because he believed a warrior would fight more fiercely without a beloved waiting for him.     Valentine didn’t agree.   He secretly married hundreds. And was thrown in… Read More →

hopes and dreams

Gather ye together this November

Mothers. Sisters. Daughters.  This November, STOP. Stop the madness that hurls us from Halloween BOO fadness, trick and treating gladness, too much chocolate badness, then BAM the yuletide givingness. Not worth it. Instead: make the memories tousle your beloved’s hair hold hands try not to carol until you have gathered together in thankness. And celebrate the blessings, oh… Read More →

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When I was growing up,   my parents told me over and over why and how the Greek civilization ushered in the best of what made us human.   Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, Byzantium:  Hellenistic saturation that is the engine of so much today. My brother and I were drilled and bathed in a strange mixture of… Read More →


Wow: It’s a Pow-Wow

  What happens right here in my hometown of Naperville, Illinois? More than I knew.   – I attended my first Pow-Wow just a few weeks ago. What’s a Pow-Wow, you ask?  When Native American nations gather to celebrate hope, peace, and their future.  Anyone can come, anyone can be a part of the sacred circle.  Anyone… Read More →

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Her Road Less Traveled

Janet Smith Petersen   My mama always told me that you never know about people, never ever assume.  You cannot tell who is walking in joy, and who lives with sorrow.  And you can’t necessarily sense when a person has adventure or passion in their heart. Until they start talking.   Janet Smith Petersen, gallerist, (humble) sage… Read More →