One Gift to Return

Have you noticed how many smiles you see?  Or don't, in this overly busy time of year when buzzing around making returns, shopping, doing errands, or whatever tasks need to be done.   I counted only one smile today.  And it was a wide one as another customer and I passed each other at the …

Presents

Madison Avenue says Christmas is about presents. Lots of them. I say that’s a typo.  It’s about presence --- lots of it.  Be present with yourself, loved ones, and each moment you (hopefully) come in contact with someone.  Well, anyone for that matter.  This is more than sitting next to someone while staring into a …

Taming the Holidays

“Ping!” my car doors locked as I headed toward the grocery store, dodging rush hour cars veering into tight parking spots then carts barreling into the entrance.   No one was smiling. Including me. For years I’ve dreaded the Christmas holidays and for nearly as many years, I’ve sought to understand why.  Dysfunctional Christmases of my …

Mother Nature’s Midlife Crisis

Dear Mother Nature, Are you not feeling well?  I’m wondering if you’re going through “the change” offering an unsettling summer and surprising autumn.  And how 'bout the Nor'easter that cancelled St. Patty's Day parades earlier this year? Was it night sweats or hot flashes that made our summer uncharacteristically rainy and humid?  Or when you …

Diversity: The Color of Life

Coming into the house, after what appears to be the last unseasonably warm October day, I glimpsed again at the magnificent colors punctuating the grey cloudy sky --- burgundy flowering plums, orange maples, yellow-green birches, tanned leather oaks, fiery red sassafras --- their leaves twirling in the wind then freckling the autumn ground.   Curious, …

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