During the month when we celebrate mothers, I am prompted to ponder the lessons my own mother taught me by the way in which she lived her life. Like so many women who were children during the Great Depression, my mom learned to develop a mindset of lack and an ultra-cautious attitude about spending money,… Continue reading Losing My Mom Taught Me to Live
There is no other relationship like that of mother and daughter. It can be the most endearing, or the most contentious connection, but is generally something in between. Within its female framework lies the potential for mutual understanding, but also for a tug-of-war dynamic. Throughout the years since my (only) daughter was old enough to… Continue reading Should Your Daughter Be Your Best Friend?
So many twists and turns have cropped up on the journey, even more so over the past year, to be sure. And yes, there are problems to be solved – some of them loom overwhelmingly large. But life is a vast series of experiences from which to select perspective. We weigh the good and the… Continue reading The Journey Always Shapes Us. We Decide How.
We’ve all heard about the concept of finding our “why” in helping us to achieve important goals. The idea is that when we have a deep conviction to something, it gives meaning to a purpose and propels us forward with greater force and galvanism. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost… Continue reading Is Your “Why” Really Propelling You Toward the Life of Your Dreams?
Signs. Divine energy. Spiritual messages. Metaphysical sensations. Intuitive encounters. Do you believe in any of these concepts? I am an absolute skeptic, nonreligious, and yet, hopeful. Everyone has their own personal beliefs about what happens when we pass from this life and this physical body. Some people just “know” that there is something better awaiting… Continue reading Signs?
Freedom. What does it mean to you? We are living in the midst of a historic year that will not allow us to take our freedoms for granted. From a global pandemic that has stripped us of the freedom to live, work, and move about in the ways we were used to doing, to bearing… Continue reading Freedom
Rapidly changing technology. Family members separated by distance. Political division. Biracial and bilingual families. Globalization. Non-traditional families. Pandemics… These are the norms now, but for most of us grandparents, these are all dramatic changes from the way life was when we were children. We are being kept on our toes if we want to roll… Continue reading New Age Grandma-ing in the 21st Century
Perspective. Everything is in a state of flux right now and people are worried about school closings, the stock market free-fall, event cancellations, social distancing, travel bans…and yes, toilet paper. As I write this I am sitting by my mother’s bedside. We placed her in hospice care two days ago, and now my most important… Continue reading Perspective
Has your adult or teen daughter or son ever made a decision or expressed an opinion that you don’t understand, agree with, or worse, that you feel distressed about? If so, how did you respond? Were you able to detach and allow your child to be who they are and think how they choose, even if… Continue reading Are Our Adult Children’s Beliefs and Actions a Reflection On Us?
What gives certain people the special ability to defy the odds, overcome devastating adversity, shatter glass ceilings, or act heroically? We know that a few chosen individuals are both blessed with, and through incredible dedication and hard work, hone their skills and gifts to become acclaimed figures. Beyond the Stephen Hawkings, Serena Williamses, and Mother… Continue reading Expect the Unimaginable