A Day at the Pool

Exercise has changed for me since my stroke four years ago. I thought it would be interesting to write about a normal occurrence now. It will give insight into the day-to-day workings of my life. It’s important to me to go to the YMCA. Water aerobics does a lot for my sense of well-being. And […]

Me and My Shadow

I normally look on the bright bright side. That’s not to say that I have a sunny disposition – I don’t think anyone would view me that way. I’m too busy peeking around corners to see what’s coming and trying to prepare. But usually I am optimistic. It’s been harder in the last year. Part […]

The Mother Line

”I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela Dear Granddaughters, Can one teach courage? Maybe not – maybe you must model it. When I think of my mother-line […]

It’s Always Love

I made a lot of vows when I was an adult child dealing with my aging mother. “When my kids are grown, I’ll never…” It’s interesting how things change and how things remain the same. When my mother was about my age she was living upstate near my sisters. I flew to see her fairly […]

A New Year

It has been a difficult road this year, but still I look at every day as a new opportunity.Michael Chang Happy new year is the standard phrase. Prospero Ano y Felicidad. Bonne année People are hoping that next year is better. And I understand it. 2020has been a year of death and destruction by fire […]

No Regrets!

Well, it’s that time again. Time to ask the grandkids who they are favoring this year. What have they learned about the world around them? Who or what do they feel needs their attention? Ahem, who will be the recipient of their Christmas gift? I’ve written about this before, (click here). It has been going […]

Grieving from a Distance

Dear Ones, By not booking an immediate flight home when Gen died, I have created my own vacuum here in Mexico. I love it that you are all there for me when I need to call. Just a familiar voice now and then fills that lonely spot a bit. And solitude is the purpose of […]

And a Happy New Year…

Today marks the end of the holiday season in my culture. Thanksgiving is a month past, so Christmas Day to New Year’s Day covers it. We don’t celebrate Epiphany or El Dia de Los Reyes as my family in Mexico calls it. All of our gifts are given, the celebrating is winding down. I’ve been […]

Chasing the Super Moon

How did I become obsessed with this phenomenon? Perhaps it is my Seven (Enneagram) personality that makes me a self-confessed experience junky. Whatever – how can I miss the full moon perigee closest to the earth since I was six years old. And it won’t be this close again in my lifetime. I’m up for […]

Peace for Veterans…a Wish

Today is Veteran’s Day.* The Great War figured largely in stories told to me in my childhood.  My father’s middle brother ran away at 15 to fight in World War I.  He returned an alcoholic wanderer who dropped in and out of sight until his early death.  He was a bit of a legend and […]