Weeping Willow Tree

Tales from the Tickle Tree

Inspired by the weeping willow tree in my backyard (why the Tickle Tree?), this blog is a place to pause and reflect.  We are all busy, it seems a badge of honor these days (if you are overwhelmed by the crazy breakneck speed of your life, take heart and pause for a moment). Tales from the Tickle Tree is a place to feel encouraged and create a more intentional, joyful life.

I believe in a few fundamental truths:

Power of Story.

I believe in the POWER OF STORY, each of us has a unique story to share. Much of my story comes from those who came before me. I am intrigued by those I have never met, particularly the women in my family tree (both by blood and by marriage) who have guided me in some way – their stories give me a sense of context and deeper meaning in my life.


I believe in BOOKS, the wisdom of others, a depth of knowledge exists in beautiful illustrations and well-written words. I love a good book; from children’s literature, to historical fiction, to the classics (and everything in between) I treasure them all. [A family favorite is Laura Ingalls Wilder]


I believe in rituals and rhythms that promote SELF CARE. Taking care of ourselves – mind, body and spirit, is sometimes looked upon as a luxury. I believe we are obligated to take the best care possible of ourselves so that we can then do the work we were created to do. [Yoga is a beloved form of self care]

Details Matter.

I believe in OBSERVING the DETAILS – cultivating a sense of gratitude for the beauty and joy that is all around is, even in the little things. A warm cup of coffee, a brilliant sunrise, a favorite song. You must have the eyes to see them, these small gifts in the everyday. [It Matters]

Higher Power.

I believe there is a POWER HIGHER THAN MYSELF – for me, this is God, but I will also interchangeably refer to it as the Universe or Spirit (the important thing, to me, is that we recognize there is a higher power – one that does not care what we call it, but that we trust it is there). I live a life that is anchored in faith and I walk daily in prayer and meditation.  This doesn’t mean I’m perfect, in fact, I am deeply flawed.  I find great comfort in knowing that I have a foundation of faith to lean upon as I make my way through this life.

Thank you for joining me here at Tales from the Tickle Tree – I hope you visit often. You are always welcome here – a place to honor the past, enjoy the present moment and live with hope for the future.


I’m so happy you are here!




I’m so glad you are here.

Join me in cultivating joy, living with intention and celebrating the everyday miracles all around us.