The Power of Purpose In The Second Half of Life

By the time I was 65 years old I had learned that happiness is a skill and a choice. One of the gifts of aging is that I understand how to intentionally look for humor, love, solitude, and beauty so that I can create a good day for myself. When the pandemic hit hard...

We’re All Anxious, Sweetie

The sign said, “Keep your windows rolled up. Pull up slowly to the first table, put your car in park, and wait for instructions.” A masked and energetic man came to the driver’s side of my car and held a printed sign up to my window which read: “Please call me on this...

Blue Skies Ahead

Here’s an imaginary public address announcement that airline passengers might hear in the early fall, 2020: “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is from the flight deck, your captain and her crew. We have been warned that we will encounter some turbulent skies and we all...

We Need Our Women Friends At Every Stage of Life

We are more complicated as women than we know. We are more intense about what matters most in life as we age. We earn a deep sense of gratitude across our life span, and it just keeps growing, the longer we live. Overall, women’s happiness ratings are consistently...

May You Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” E.B. White Seeing something wondrous—a baby’s toothless sweet smile, a soaring hawk circling silently in a blue sky, the full moon floating on a dark velvet curtain of night—evokes a sense of awe and reverence...