Faith and Acceptance

Dear Nephew, Just hearing the diagnosis has been enough to send all of us who love you bouncing between the bottomless pit of swirling fear and despair and a stunned disbelief. When we settle into reality it doesn't always feel better. In fact, each medical phone call and office visit can be an assault of predictions...every one hemmed in by limits of time, resources, expected results... Moving beyond the diagnosis takes both faith and acceptance. The balancing act on this tightrope is sometimes hard to maintain when our thoughts play chase with our feelings. Still, I have faith. I can live with the satisfaction that in each moment, the best is being done for you. I know that belief and attitude play a huge role in healing. And I … [Read More...]

Life, Love and Parenting

Growing up with Love

When someone searched out this post from the past…I noticed it again. I’m thinking we can all use this reminder once in a bit. This is a hard one, isn’t it?  Your daughter is 18 and diving headlong into a situation that you can foresee as difficult if not emotionally dangerous.  What’s a father to […]

Women Paying it Forward

Last Sunday I went to a soulful gathering for my granddaughter. It was unusual because in our culture – lacking a Bat Mitzvah or a Quinceañera – there seems to be no tradition that formally launches a young woman. More importantly there is no occasion on which she is held in the circle of the […]

Parenting is Forever

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.  Originally post March 29, 2011. Dear Child of Mine, Many of my thoughts of parenting represent hope for a better yesterday. I was inspired by watching Maya Angelou […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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You Might Want to Know…

The new and (I hope) temporary me.

On being more invisible than normal…

This is the way I have looked for the last week or so. It leads to interesting observations. Of course, the people who know me realize that I had surgery for Entropion and that I am well pleased to go through a bit of battering and bruising after a year with the irritation of eyelashes […]

Writing is a Sometime Thing

I am not a professional writer. Although I will claim some expertise in expressing myself, some ease and familiarity with words and their patterns, and certainly a rudimentary knowledge of grammar and its rules, that doesn’t elevate me to the status of professional. I have been a professional in business. I have been a professional […]

Dia de los Muertos

The Spirits Are Arriving

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” Chinese Proverb The visitations begin early for me. I get a nudge from my sister, Pat…”How about hummus?” Mom is always insistent on her butter beans (but this year I’m making her slaw). And I’m not sure whether […]

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