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 […]

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 […]

Gratitude and Joy

Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy.  Meredith Grey But I think it does. My son and I were discussing joy yesterday. How do we put joy in our life? How do we identify what gives us joy? One way, I think, is by presence in a moment of our lives and having gratitude […]

Four More Gifts

Someone asked me a question yesterday that gave me pause: “What did you do when your children brought home a love in their life and you didn’t approve?  I had to stop and think. One time our youngest daughter brought a young man from college who we didn’t think seemed a great choice for her. […]