Category: Japanese Garden Design

Reflecting with the Rain

Winter still seems to want to stay with us. It is spring and yet the cold winds and the forecast for snow in April still lingers on. We want to let go so bad and look to something new and fresh that we can place our hopes and dreams into. The solitude of the rain... Read more »

A Journey to Japan

A journey to Japan began a lifetime before I stepped onto the plane. Years before I had the initiative to fill out the passport paperwork and tears after a surrender of a marriage. It was for the very first time, a sacred path that led me to my soul. I recognized her in my childhood,... Read more »

Keeper of the Koi = Keeper of the Water

  Koi Keeper = Water Keeper Water is essential to each and everyone of us, and when we understand water we can understand more about ourselves and our universe we are blessed to live in. I have observed and enjoyed water for all of my life, especially my love and journeys to the sea. Yet,... Read more »

Messages in the Light of the Snow

Every element in the universe has a vibration, an energy that carries within it our every thought and every action. It never leaves, it is an invisible vessel that bows to the sacred and withdraws in the darkness. Walking within the snow covered forest this week, in pure silence I could feel the energy in... Read more »

Beyond The Boundaries That Once Defined You

It is a new beginning today. It was a new beginning yesterday, and the day before. And it will be a new day tomorrow. Yet every New Year’s Day we look back, in hopes that we will have a glimpse of our life ahead. It has been a very challenging year for all of us.... Read more »

Summer Solstice

An awakening of a new promise and a new day. A realization that I could not resist. Summer Solstice. The first day of summer and the longest day of light for the year. This is another “first” for me, to witness the new summer sun and see it rise above the water over Lake Michigan’s... Read more »

The Edge of Zen Living

Blue water. Warm air. Seamless design. Taking the concept of Zen Living to it’s natural extreme. Taking it to the edge. On a recent trip to Naples, Florida, I found a lifestyle that carries extraordinary energy in honoring the simple pleasure in water. Water is transformed into the vessel or body that contains it, and... Read more »

Snow Day. Think Moss.

The winter storm is upon us… fast and furious with winds now creating drifts that topple over all of us. Spending some time outside in the freshly fallen snow does wonders for the spirit. A pure canvas, a photographer’s dream, a child’s wish and a dog’s joy.  The tree branches hold the fresh powder with... Read more »

I Knew Him Well, Ernie Banks a Life of Giving

It is another sad morning as we loose another great soul, Ernie Banks, of the Chicago Cubs.  I had become friends with Mr. Ernie Banks while I worked at Oak Brook Hills Hotel as a Concierge in the 80’s.  Ernie Banks, who always insisted I call him Ernie,  was the kindest man I knew, with... Read more »

Where the Light Lives

As I find myself far away from home during this holiday season, it is in the awareness of the light that I find is the greatest gift of all. As my family and friends continue their individual traditions, whether it be a midnight mass at a Catholic Church, or lighting another candle on the Menora…... Read more »