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Car Karma

Posted by Sooz on Monday, July 1, 2013 | 5 Comments

This spring a gusty thunderstorm blew through the small town where my daughter attends college. In the midst of it, a huge tree limb fell on her car and totaled it. It was her favorite car and its name was Alfred. Alfred had been a gift from her grandparents, a second-hand car, but a great [...]


Celebrating the Glories of Autumn

Posted by Sooz on Sunday, October 9, 2011 | 3 Comments

  “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot The air grows crisp. The sky assumes a blue so clear and bright that it looks like a jeweled sapphire. Leaves abandon their verdant sheen for a [...]


Flirt a Little

Posted by Sooz on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

I am having an affair with my husband.  I didn’t want anyone to know, but I feel I owe it to you to tell you. You see, it started innocently enough. We were missing each other during the day.  I was working endlessly at home, while he was confined to the dreary workplace.  It seemed [...]


Tasha Tudor “A Time to Keep”

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, September 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

  When I was a child I was charmed and delighted by the poignant artwork of Tasha Tudor. Her pencil and watercolor drawings were  soft, playful, childlike, and enchanting. I would try to replicate the banners that she used to frame her pages, intertwining tiny flowers, birds, garden tools and nests. Her approach to art made me feel that [...]


“Processionary Caterpillars” – Family Favorites to Beat Boredom and Make Memories

Posted by Sooz on Monday, August 29, 2011 | No Comments

Today our guest writer is a dear friend and a true supporter of Goodness, Debbie. This post is one of my favorites because Debbie shares some classic Goodness that she has invested in her family over the years. She passes on some inspiring ideas that you won’t want to miss! Enjoy her story… I was never very [...]


The Countenance of Flowers

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, August 4, 2011 | No Comments

“Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile, some have a sad expression; some are pensive or diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock.” Henry Ward Beecher Imagine a sea of bright smiling faces, row after row of [...]


At the Drive-In

Posted by Sooz on Monday, July 25, 2011 | No Comments

The first drive-in movie theater was built in Camden, New Jersey in 1933. It reportedly cost a quarter per person or $1 for a full car. Around 1950, at the height of their popularity, there were about 3,775 drive-ins in America. At last count there were 432 drive-ins left in operation across the U.S. I went to my first [...]


The Best Vacation Ever

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, July 7, 2011 | No Comments

Our guest writer this week is Danielle, an amazing woman whose Goodness is seen in her work with MusiCares in Nashville, Tennessee and in her college classroom. Dani has a great story to tell about the goodness of a last minute vacation. Here is her story… My husband and I were both feeling worn out. [...]


“Saving Seats” – The Power of the Place Card

Posted by Sooz on Monday, March 7, 2011 | 5 Comments

Creating a culture of goodness is about making the atmosphere you live in overflow with beauty, trueness, love, and life-giving things. This atmosphere will reflect things that make you and those around you feel known, valued, cherished, and celebrated. With only a little extra effort, you can make the people in your world feel special, [...]


The Flower Girl

Posted by Sooz on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

My neighbor Angela – she is what most people dream of in a neighbor. She’s friendly, lots of fun, caring, interested… but not nosey, available… but not camped out on your doorstep. I just love her! Angela is the mother of three boys all under the age of 10, and she is married to a [...]