356 - Take "canopy" photos of your favorite trees! Have you ever been out in the woods on a hike and looked up through the trees to the sky? That is always a big WOW! for me. This photograph is of a white oak in our front yard that we planted in memory of my Mom, who passed away in 1987. I just love the shape of the leaves, and the buds are glorious. The tree below is an ash of some type, and it shades our patio, and also provides perches for neighborhood birds as they enjoy our bird feeder.
357 - Declare a theme for a time period! I decided that this whole Summer would be a vacation for me, even though I don't have a specific vacation planned. I have declared it to be a "Summer of Fun and Autobiographies and Biographies". So far I have shared my Summer with Judi Dench (actress), Jane Lynch (actress), John Lithgow (actor), Avi Steinberg (writer and prison librarian), Shirley MacLaine (actress and writer) and others. Being a lover of reading, having this theme encourages me to take reading breaks, even when I am busy. This is the first Summer since I was a child that I am making it my business to emphasize fun! Hooray!
358 - Before you go to bed, write yourself a note to see in the morning! This is a great way to encourage yourself and get some friendly energy for starting the day.
359 - Take a nap with a pet. We don't have any pets, but my son, Kevin, and his wife, Dyan, have a wonderful, friendly, and companionable boxer named Woody. Sometimes when I go over early to babysit Nate and Andrew, I have to wait for them to get up. Once in a while, I take a little nap on the sofa, with Woody as my fellow napper -- very cozy!
360 - Listen carefully to children. I consider it a privilege to hear any child explain anything! Kids are usually able to get to the heart of things, and their observations are often quite memorable.
361 - Get up early to hear the birds chirping. It's as if they have made some kind of agreement to loudly announce their presence to each other, and to you, too! I picked up my friend Jean about 5 a.m. recently to take her to the airport, and my reward was hearing a symphony of birds sounds that was a delightful musical celebration!