The Holiday Blues

I could feel something percolating in my body before I was conscious of the shift in my mood. It was…

Dinner Tables and Gratitude

The Thanksgiving table has changed considerably in the last two decades. Grandparents have passed. Relatives have become estranged. Children have…

Your Voice Matters

Aristotle famously said that “man is by nature a political animal.” I think most people would cringe at being labeled…

The New from the Old

photo source It was dark when we drove away from the penguin parade in Australia. My three children were asleep…

A Relationship with Solitude

“Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness–an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and…

Shut Her Up

Hypothetical Conversation inside of chicken’s head: Should I have worn the chicken costume? Maybe I should have chosen something else.…

Hollowness

(pic source) “Life grows hollow, not from the tedium of the day, but from the hardening of the heart.” – …

When We Are Honest

When we are honest, we make it easier for other people to cope with the terrible things that will happen…

Stay in Your Lane

I remember being told numerous times as a child to “mind my own business.” I was, how shall we say,…

Wear the Coffee Pants

We squeezed in two international trips as an intact family before my husband died. I have memories of my oldest…