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My daughter Alexandra celebrated her 53rd birthday this week. She took this picture of me and Peter when she was 23.
Peter, Melissa and me in Nashville.
Peter in Paris picking out flowers for me on our anniversary. Notice his tie and hot pink socks purchased two shops away from the flower shop.
I'm enjoying friends, candles, flowers, ribbons and love.
Notice the mirror behind the garden trellis reflecting light into the kitchen.
I'm autographing books at the cottage in the study. The large painting is by Pierre Lesieur—a sofa, with pillows and a flower in a cachepot—and the two small paintings are by Roger Mühl.
The Roger Mühl painting in the kitchen over the muffin warmer is one I lent to my friend and late literary agent Carl.
Cookie time at the cottage.
My box of ribbon bookmarks. Ribbons is one of my 10 defining words in Feeling at Home.
The round table at the cottage overflowing with presents and love.
Amy and me at the Chicago Botanic Garden in April 2000, where I gave a talk and signed copies of my book Feeling at Home. Notice my arm around Amy.
Amy at the Happiness Retreat 20 years later. We both are more blond. Notice her arm around me—oops. For the photo op we forgot about our 6-foot rule.
Candice with me at the March Happiness Retreat at the inn, photographed after the seminar.
I'm pretending to be domestic!
The buttery where Peter's altar is shared with photographs I took of the Dalai Lama.
My photograph of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his teaching seminar in September 2003 in New York City.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets his Tibetan monks in front of us on the stage.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself. But each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all of those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Love and Live Happy,
What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let not the defeatists tell us that it is too late. It will never be easier. Tomorrow will be later than today.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt