Accepting My Role

"I am an elder. And I am delighted to be an elder." Alice Walker to Tami Simon Acknowledging myself as an elder is like settling into a comfortable chair surrounded by my favorite books by my favorite authors and spiritual leaders with my laptop within reach and knowing that there is internet. I am at peace. Not much is demanded of me and still, when I am called upon, I have my resources. In our culture there is constant pressure to maintain youth. Aging is tantamount to extinction and retirement is believed to be a passport to indulging oneself on the way to uselessness. Is this too harsh? Perhaps. But I have certainly had an angst-filled journey to my present comfort with aging. I have written about it a lot. You could search … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

A Generation Between

I wrote this many years ago…and it is still so true.   Dear Children, It comes down to the difference between parenting and grandparenting. Without blaming myself as a parent, I understand the difficulties of parenting: showing love versus giving guidance; giving direction without giving orders; teaching values without imposing ideology. When you were born […]

Acceptance and Change

This is a popular letter on acceptance and unconditional love. Here it is again. Dear Nephew, Thank you for sharing your insights with me.  I’m happy for you that you can take responsibility for those things in your life which you have done and still understand that much of what happens in our lives (especially […]

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Parable of the Mustard Seed – My Version

“If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (New Living Translation) Dear Granddaughter, I was raised with this concept that one could accomplish miracles, veritably move mountains, if one could only […]

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Welcome to My World of Letters

Many of you are looking for a specific letter for ideas to help you write to someone you love. You are welcome to take what you need from this site for your personal use. But here’s the deal. You can do it yourself.  Go to the top of the main blog page or click here […]

Happy 21

This is a post brought forward from the past because so many of you are looking for those birthday letters. Dear Granddaughter, The Facebook posts and emails are flying. It is a celebration of you. Our son can’t believe he is the father of a 21-year-old. Your mother is remembering driving you home from the […]

Loving…no matter what…

I sometimes bring this letter forward from my archives because there seem to be a lot of people searching for letters to write to their own children. Dear Children, I am think of unconditional love today.  Of what it really means. I love you.  Without qualifying conditions. You needn’t earn my love.  It is a […]

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A Sad Story

I can make up a story with the best of them. Give me a person to watch and I’ll give you a story. But why must my story be heartrending? I’m in a small village in Mexico this month. Coming back from the playa yesterday after my beach walk I neared an older man who […]

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A Visit to the Present

My Dad’s wife died almost two years ago. In the years that I knew her, she taught me much…but nothing more valuable than this. I hope you enjoy this again.   This past weekend my dad’s 98-year-old wife taught me a valuable lesson.  She didn’t say anything new.  It wasn’t earthshaking information.  Simply an unforgettable […]

Learning from You

I think this bears repeating… Dear Granddaughter, You are such a joy to me. Each time we visit I feel enriched by our time together. The pleasure we gain from our conversations on profound issues is a rare gift, isn’t it? On our last visit I learned a great lesson from you. In my continuing […]

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