Archive for the ‘People, Places, Things’ Category

On Passion and Poppies

Posted by Sooz on Monday, December 5, 2011 | No Comments

What are you passionate about?  What stirs your heart, wakes you up inside, makes you feel alive?  Have you ever even considered it?  Passion is defined as a powerful or compelling feeling or emotion.  Does that ring a bell?  It seems that passion is often viewed as a luxury in today’s society.  Most of us [...]

Seeing History ~ The Compelling Art of Charlotta Janssen

Posted by Sooz on Sunday, October 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Freedom Rider ~ Rip Patton History is the retelling of events that occurred in the past.  When the world was young, history was shared as a tribal story or an epic song. The stories of a nation or people were handed down from generation to generation. As the world developed, people  began recording history, writing [...]

The Amazing Maya Angelou – Part 2

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, October 6, 2011 | No Comments

In part one of this series I shared the incredible experience of hearing Maya Angelou speak recently. Her words of wisdom resonated in my heart and were life-giving to me. In this post, I simply want to present you with some of the quotes that she is most known for, and let them do their [...]

The Amazing Maya Angelou

Posted by Sooz on Sunday, October 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”                                       Maya Angelou In a large auditorium, with several thousand people in attendance, Maya Angelou made me feel like she had pulled up a chair just to chat with me. Her [...]

Happy Birthday…

Posted by Meri Lee Taylor on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

We interrupt this post, to bring you a special announcement! As has been the custom for me upon this day for many, many years now, I raise a grateful glass to a woman who has blessed my life in immeasurable ways. She is beauty personified – anyone who knows her, knows it to be true. [...]

Goodness In Your Own Backyard

Posted by Sooz on Monday, June 13, 2011 | 3 Comments

Here at The Society, we are devoted to helping people live more beautiful, authentic, well-functioning lives – lives full of goodness. Occasionally we find things that are so in line with our values that we can’t resist promoting them. This is how we feel about the movement in our country to eat more locally grown [...]

The Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn : A Study in Trueness

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 6 Comments

I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee – cradled in the crib of country music. Country music was as much a part of my growing-up as the smell of chocolate if you grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania. If I am being honest, however, in my teenage years I turned away from the twang and [...]

The Vespers

Posted by Sooz on Monday, May 16, 2011 | No Comments

Have you ever seen wild horses drive hard across the open plain?  It leaves you breathless, inspired, reverent – and those beautiful horses are only doing what they love, what comes naturally to them. Imagine if we all lived more true to that spirit, giving ourselves to the things that come naturally and joyfully to [...]


Posted by Sooz on Sunday, March 13, 2011 | 2 Comments

As a teenager growing up in the city, I would regularly escape after school to an abandoned farm just outside of town. I went there alone, to slip the emotional armor required for teenage survival and just be free.  At the farm I would swing on an old tire swing and watch the barn swallows [...]

The Legacy of a Misfit

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, January 13, 2011 | No Comments

“There may be a great fire in our soul, but no one ever comes to warm himself by it, all that passers-by can see is a little smoke coming out of the chimney, and they walk on.                             -Vincent Van Gogh A great [...]