“Some people feel the rain.  Others just get wet.” – Roger Miller

Fortunate to be out of a drought, we’re enjoying a lot of rain in California.  Driving in town today I noticed kids playing in the park despite a little drizzle, people still taking their daily walk. Some of us like myself prefer to stay at home when it rains.  It’s all about how you feel in the rain.

Recently while reading the Book of Joy – conversations with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu – I learned about Anthony Ray Hinton who served 30 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  After his case went to the Supreme Court, his case was overturned and he was released in 2015.  His powerful perspective on rain deeply touched me.  “People run out of the rain.  I run into the rain.  How can anything that falls from heaven not be precious? I am so grateful for every drop.  Just to feel it on my face.”  You can read his memoir: The Sun Does Shine (which is on Oprah’s book list).

The picture above is in the Rain Room, a permanent installation at the Sharjah Art Foundation in India. It’s described as a surreal experience where you can walk through a downpour without getting wet because motion sensors on the ceiling prevent water from falling on you.  Definitely an interesting concept to be in the midst of rain without getting wet.  I’m thankful for rain and the freedom to feel it on my face or just appreciate it while bundled up inside.

Family Time

“You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” -Desmond Tutu

It’s the last day of July and I realized I haven’t posted this month. I recently got back from a special trip visiting family in England.  Here is a collection of memories captured in our hearts:


Anxiety before traveling soothed by precious times with family
Cooking vegetarian meals from around the world together
Dancing to Bob Marley while cooking – “Don’t worry be happy”
Singing to the Beatles bringing back childhood memories
Letting go of worries, embracing family love

Sweet experience of picking Georgie up at school seeing kids run with delight when teachers point to their family
Enjoying a polo match together listening to the thunder of horses’ hooves
Flying paper airplanes with Georgie giving them back to Uncle Gary for reconstruction
Watching Georgie and Uncle Gary walk hand in hand



Feeling comfort from being together
Walking around Stroud taking in its old history and charm
Strolling through a peaceful walk at Rococo Gardens in Painswick
Shooting pool, bowling together, celebrating my birthday on the last night
Pleasure of being in the moment, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow