Are You Prepared for a New Year?

Where we live, winter is the season in which we watch the undressing of the world – the trees made bare, the grounds where gardens once bloomed, now open and empty, and many kinds of animals hidden out of sight, in hibernation, to stay warm. In winter’s cold days, we instinctively turn inward and reflect. The earth itself seems to pause, resting in the darkness of winter’s long nights. Winter is like a shawl that Nature cloaks the world in, inviting us to be silent and to listen to the questions that arise from the soul: “Am I living the life I was meant to live?” and “Am I focused on what matters most?”

Gratitude In Six Words

Urban Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was bragging over lunch to a group of fellow writers that he could compose a novel in six words (referred to as “flash fiction”).  Someone wagered a $10 bet, and he won when he wrote, “For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” I tell...

Three Things We Can Do To Be Loving, and Release Fear

Many of us are feeling anxious, afraid, and unsettled right now.  These are heartbreakingly hard times that we are facing in 2020, but we are not powerless. It’s a harmful illusion to think that we are without choice in our lives, or that we lack the ability to act...

Are You Choosing Happiness?

  Note to reader:  This blog was originally posted in my October 2020 newsletter but did not land on my blog postings as intended.  It is, therefore, reprinted here now. Life, as imperfect and impermanent as it is, is what we have.  Death, as inevitable and...

Bingeing On Gloom and Doom Is A Bad Habit

Note to readers: This blog was originally posted in my September newsletter but did not land on my blog postings as intended.  It is reprinted here now. All day, every day, our 24-hour news cycle continues to broadcast news that confirms that life as we remember it...