I am heartbroken. I am grateful.

“On the one hand, nature enriches our soul with its eternal beauty, on the other hand, it enriches our survival skills with its endless disasters!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan What is it like to be a participant in a disaster? I have seen many floods, fires, explosions and wars on the news but I’ve never […]

…on Christmas and You

(NOTE:  Do you want to write to your new love? Your aging husband?  Your child?  Your Friend?   I hope this helps you find the words you need for the person you love.  This is one of a series of requested letters  posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or […]

Merry Christmas to All

Reprinted from 2013 Dear Family, ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the house, not a creature was stirring… …except for my gerbil mind racing on it’s circular track. Well, that’s not exactly true.  I have spent a restful night, just not a deep-sleeping night.  And I’m thinking that wakefulness on the night […]

Taking Care – a Gift to Ourselves

Dear Children, We all talk a lot about taking care of ourselves. There are so many suggestions – hot baths, time to read a book, a camping trip and a fishing pole, a night out with friends. These methods are bandaids, treating the symptoms and ignoring the root causes of exhaustion and overwhelm. They don’t […]

Gifts and Memories

When did Christmas lose it’s exciting allure? When I stopped needing anything and began wanting less and less? Many years ago I stopped buying many Christmas presents because it had become such a chore. It isn’t that I don’t love my children and grandchildren.  And I love to buy them gifts if I know what […]

…To Mom on Mother’s Day

NOTE.  This is one of a series of requested letters that will be posted under “Form Letters” for those of you who would like an idea or a template for a letter of your own.  Dear Mother, My love for you is a given.  We have that bond between us that we have strengthened through […]

The Sea and I

As I walk along the beach day after day, I recognize that the ocean is much like my life. It is a mysterious expanse that lies around me, behind me, ahead of me.  The designs it creates are unreadable.  It gives no clue to what is coming next. It calms me with its rhythmic cadence […]

On Your 70th Birthday

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Dear New/Old Friend, Let’s not buy each other presents in celebration of these decades lived.  Our history is behind us.  Our gift is our presence in each others’ lives today. When I look back […]

9 Wonderful Gifts

To my darling Grandchildren: Grampy and I have had great fun on our trip thinking and talking about you.  Each and every one of you is the light of our life.  On the darkest night we have nine wonderful candles lit to bring us warmth and joy. We are especially proud of you at Christmas […]

Ask and…

It’s the little things, isn’t it? When my husband said he had read my blog,  I was surprised and secretly thrilled. That night we had a dinner date with friends.  As we were walking toward the restaurant he reached for me.  “Let me hold your hand,” he said. How wonderful is that!  He read it, […]