Be Thankful for the Right Things

Be Thankful for the Right Things

Thankfulness

Being thankful is a good thing, but how we do it is just as important. If we're too accustomed to forming our opinions by the words of others, then unscrupulous people -- and they abound -- can use thankfulness as a weapon to keep us from focusing on … [Read more...]

51 of the Most Beautiful Women Ever

51 of the Most Beautiful Women Ever

All God’s daughters are beautiful. That includes you, my friend. (Name of chosen painting with link embedded) by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Generally, when someone sends me a link to a YouTube video, I ignore it, because most of the time it is something from one of my daughters. Not that I ignore my daughters, mind you, just the songs and media links they send me. I think I started … [Read more...]

Seeking the Simple Life

Seeking the Simple Life

With creativity and ingenuity, we can create the magical world of simplicity we crave – right in our back yard. Autumn Dance, original oil painting by Steve Henderson.

Ah, the simple life. So many of us crave this so intensely, it makes our addiction to potato chips look minor indeed. I know one woman who is convinced that the only way she will find the simple life is by moving to a tropical island and … [Read more...]

Economic Relief — 3 Odd, But Workable, First Steps

Economic Relief — 3 Odd, But Workable, First Steps

Take time and think, seriously, about who cares most about you, your family, and your life. It’s probably not an organization – public or private – of any kind. Thoughtful, by Steve Henderson Fine Art.

In the effort to save money, we're always trolling around for ideas, and bullet pointed lists catch our eyes like shiny costume jewelry attracts a raven. But these lists rarely work for two reasons: 1) They're too specific or 2) They're too … [Read more...]

Shop Like a Man

Shop Like a Man

Skip buying the cheap impulse stuff, and save your money for special items that mean something to you. Tea by the Sea, original oil painting by Steve Henderson.

My husband, The Norwegian Artist, is a really boring person to go shopping with. I'd say that he shops like a man, except that in this politically correct environment which slathers smog over every thought we have and word we utter, I would sound … [Read more...]

Read the Article, Not Just the Title

Read the Article, Not Just the Title

Whether we walk through the garden or work in it, the important thing is that we’re in an actual place – not a digital image. Promenade, original oil painting and licensed print by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

By contemporary standards, I am inept, because it takes me eight minutes to tap out a simple text on my ancient (two years?) Star Trek communicator fliptop phone. My daughters laugh and laugh. However, I do have a skill that predates 21st … [Read more...]

Just Say No to the Medico

Just Say No to the Medico

Balancing time indoors with out, adding exercise and fresh air to our lives, is a prescription from yesteryear that is largely overlooked today. Lonesome Barn by Steve Henderson Fine Art.

  Last week, I talked about taxes, and how we can -- albeit rarely -- stand up and say "No," even when the taxing agency's response is to shut down the library, or close the swimming pool, or keep us out of National Parks (Increasing … [Read more...]

Increasing Taxes — Can We Just Say “No”?

Increasing Taxes — Can We Just Say “No”?

Our money needs to go to the places and people that mean the most to us: our families, our homes, our lives, our children. And the more we control it, the better it will be spent. Lilac Festival by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Anybody who has tried to lose weight knows that it involves saying the word, "No," a lot. It's not easy, and sometimes you say "no," to some really cool things (cheesecake!), but ultimately, if you're going to succeed, you say no. So it is with … [Read more...]

The Malingering American Dream

The Malingering American Dream

America the beautiful – it’s not just our landscape; it’s our people. Homeland 1, licensed open edition print by Steve Henderson.

I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but the American Dream has had the flu lately. At least, that's the latest from the Washington Post, which published an article by Carol Morello, Peyton Craighill and Scott Clement (why did it take three people … [Read more...]

Alternative Lifestyle Challenges

Alternative Lifestyle Challenges

Living alternatively frequently means living simply, and in doing so, we hearken back to an earlier era. Beachside Diversions by Steve Henderson Fine Art.

Because I am essentially an ordinary person, my chosen alternative lifestyle is not one to provoke hate mail, rabid Tweets, and major national news stories. I figure that what goes on in my bedroom--with my Kindle and the unfriendly cat who really … [Read more...]