International Travel – post stroke

My trip to Mexico was a wonderful dream. It is an annual trip and I began planning for it three weeks after my stroke. My ticket had been bought earlier and I was determined to visit my “familia” in Mexico and be near the seashore for the month of January. My daughters were committed to […]

Taking Care

When is volunteerism avoidance? I remember clearly my gritchy response when my father praised an older sister for her visible presence in Kiwanis. “She does great volunteer work,” he bragged. “Big deal,” I snarled. “She won’t even visit her own mother.” Well, there’s always more to the story, isn’t there? But for me at that […]

For what? For whom?

I have had the same questions for most of my conscious life. What is my purpose? What is my calling? How can I make a difference in the world? Divining my true purpose has always been a struggle.  But some decisions curtail other decisions.  E.g. a decision to have children, at the very least, delays […]

Tired Angels

The thin, nearly invisible line between helping and hating is easy to cross. It is a tiny step from being “available” to power distancing.  A small dose of burnout transforms chronic pleasing into a habitual resenting. I recognize the slippery slope when I am thinking or saying things like,  “I guess she didn’t even notice […]