We’re In A Loneliness Epidemic and Kind Notes Can Help

Life is a flower of which love is the honey –   Victor Hugo Ever have an experience of synchronicity? A week ago, a friend sent me a newspaper clipping about the global crisis in loneliness, and the very next day, another friend sent me an email about an...

Getting Your Supply of “Vitamin N” (Nature)

I’ve always been a fan of the great outdoors; as a child I loved riding my bike all over the small town where I grew up, and later as an adult, I have enjoyed running, going for “walks and talks” with my family and friends, and taking my dog out for his daily...

In Praise of Silence

Many people are uncomfortable with silence, and solitude, and yet, these are essential skills for aging well and living life fully.  Silence can be restorative, and can build resilience in the face of crises, illness, loss and other life transitions.  Learning to...

Hope, Tulips, and Living Positively

Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.” We all want to be better human beings, to grow and to ennoble our souls. It’s soothing to know that hope takes goodness seriously and combines it with humility, to allow us to approach everything and...

Are We Ever Too Old To Make New Friends?

One of the many things we are learning, as we live through this pandemic, is the importance of our time with friends to our overall health and well-being. COVID-19 is an equal opportunity agent that has disrupted the social lives of people of all ages by requiring...

Grace and Gracelets: Gifts for the Soul

I’ve been thinking a lot about grace and how transformative it can be. I define grace as a special state of being in which I am given an unearned, unexpected gift, something that I don’t deserve, and haven’t asked for, that comes to me freely and...