Honesty and Aging

“Our entire life … consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.”― Jean Anouih My friends and I are giving each other a gift that I wish we had known enough – and been brave enough – to give earlier. We are giving the gift of honesty. Because the older we get, the more we […]

My Self and Beauty

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” – Plato I have heard variations of Plato‘s philosophy throughout my life. It resonated somewhat, but not deeply. I am a work in progress. I understand the different people like different things. And there’s no denying that parents who think newborns are beautiful are somewhat biased. But, […]

Father’s Day is Here Again

To the Family Fathers… I come from a tradition of involved fathers. It was my dad who sat huddled in a chair by my bed when my sore throats or earaches kept me awake at night. (Read more here.) It was my husband who went to the baby who cried in the night. As each […]

Graduation 2020 – Leap!

  Congratulations, my dear Grandson. I think often about our conversation in January when you expressed your feelings about your coming graduation. Comme ci, comme ça. You were glad to have everyone gathering in celebration, but the event itself dd not seem important to you. Interesting how life turns us around, things that seem not […]

Juneteenth

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde I been ignorant…but I’m studying and learning. And today I am celebrating Black Women who matter – a lot!        

Keep Up the Fight!

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” James Baldwin My oldest granddaughter posted on Marco Polo. She expressed gratitude that as a family we recognize the most recent travesty in the United States – at least the most publicized one. The murder of […]

Your Day is Here!

Congratulations, Years of hard work and you come away with the grand prize –  a degree and a job! Kudos to you! And even though you are focused and dedicated, I know it hasn’t all been easy. You have worked hard and studied hard. You have proven yourself more than worthy of all you have […]

Happy Birthday

                                    It’s my birthday today and I find that I have started many posts about the experience, but have finished (I’m not sure unless I look it up) few or none. So This is a composite of lots […]

Music – Joy and Memories

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the Soul. -Plato Music has been important in my life. My family has chosen it as one of the connections between us during isolation by which we each report a song (by video if possible.) to each other according to the calendar* below. It […]

Starring….”Mother”

My most important role in life has been “Mother”.  I took on the role with some false assumptions and no realistic script. Not even an audition. Getting the part was much simpler than other occupations I later tried. There was no training, no exam, not even routine practice questions. That’s why I call it a […]