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, […]

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 […]

Social Memories – Distant and Dear

I was inspired to write this blog post by the documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble* * * * In this time of lock down I have been going through decades of pictures. Taking time for joyous and poignant memories and also those that bring forth echoes of crushing […]

Pleasant

My friend and I are trying to spur each other into writing more often. We have a list of concepts that are meant to give us a jump start. Pleasant? I know what I think of as pleasant. Cozy. Comforting. Carefree. But, I had to look up the definition. pleas·ant /ˈplez(ə)nt/ adjective 1. giving a […]

Happy New Year/Decade

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma When I sent my grandchildren a New Year’s message this morning my oldest grandson came back with his shattering reminder – “it’s a new decade.” What??? Well, c’mon, I have lived through a lot of new decades. But this is […]

Christmas Gratitude

I have great gratitude for my family at Christmas. In addition to the normal blessings of health and love and affection I am so grateful for each and everyone of my grandchildren‘s generosity. A long time ago I began the tradition of offering each grandchild a choice in the decision of what charity will be […]

December Thoughts

I generally don’t live in the past. I fast-forward and visualize the future. Even my precious memories are vague. I hear friends who can relay a moment-by-moment saga of their children’s lives and I feel a bit guilty. Sometimes I wonder if I was ever present in those moments. But I have moments of nostalgia. […]

Bad Day

I found this draft from November, 22, 2017, as I was doing some housekeeping on my blog. I don’t remember writing it, specifically, but it shows me I am not as happy-go-lucky as I often think. * * * In the hospital I woke up one Saturday and was having breakfast in my corner window […]