Thoughts on Solitude

Solitude has always been a prize for me to accumulate and treasure.  It’s like a mellow breeze or warm water on my toes…almost nothingness but creating a sensation of pleasure.  The thought of it brings joy. I’m learning that although I like to be alone, I’m used to snatching moments here and there.  I’m unaccustomed […]

It makes me cringe!

Valentine’s Day I have just lived through three generations of embarrassment without leaving my chair or saying a word. Last night when I came home from a stroll through the village, the young woman of the house was perched on an upturned garbage basket talking to a young man seated in his car next to […]

I Wonder Why I Wander

What draws me here? Several years ago a friend went to spend time in a commune.  She and I discussed her living conditions when I visited her there, She was able to spend a lot of time in meditation, and she felt energized in body and spirit by challenging herself in her physical surroundings. My […]

Home is where…

Travel is stepping off of my real world into an abyss of the unknown.  Even when I am returning to a place I have visited before, it will have changed. (Well, two things are constant when I arrive in Mexico; 1) the friendly welcome from Raul and his family, and 2) the pink puffy plastic […]

When I grow up I’m going to be better.

I hope I will change when I need to change, because I’ve had another wake up call.  I hate realizing what I’m REALLY like. I go to a circuit training class for seniors. It has great entertainment value, which keeps my mind occupied as I do the dreaded exercises.  I face the room from the […]

Wanting and Time

When my friend’s husband died it touched on many areas of grief. I truly liked that man.  He was an integral part of our dinner group, and through his wife I knew him personally.  I knew that he was kind, considerate and caring.  He was a SMART reader.  He was a dedicated father and grandfather.   […]


What fun!  Last night we went to a concert on the beach.  There was room for dancing.  I love to dance, but it is wonderful to watch, too. I have never gotten the same thrill from a scheduled dance performance as I have from serendipitous sightings of joyous and passionate dancing. This music was a […]

View from the Other Side

I’m an okay person.  After all, I put myself out there most of the time.  I can’t always say I do my best, but I’m not a  slacker. And I am truly tenacious and inventive about ways to connect with people.  I like to think of myself as “out there”. So I am a bit […]

I’m not disorganized, I have a lot to do!

Contrary to my husband’s core belief, I do not leave everything until the last minute.  He just doesn’t realize how many unforeseen things come up before company arrives or a flight leaves…or even before we leave for the movie. The simplest things that make me late are immediate: I need to turn off all burners; […]

An Act of Kindness

My husband and I have a new aspiration: to do an act of kindness for someone each and every day.  It shouldn’t be hard to do…but sadly, it’s a bit hard to remember. I go through many of my days without thought and am certainly not thinking of anyone else. When I do think about […]