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...

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...