Improving on Yesterday

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou Dearest Child, Maya’s  words wash over me in a healing shower of relief. I have been careful in my parenting not to fall back on the phrase, “I did my best”, because I think it is […]

Parenting is Forever

I sometimes bring this letter forward from my archives because there seem to be a lot of people searching for letters to write to their own children.  Originally post March 29, 2011. Dear Child of Mine, Many of my thoughts of parenting represent hope for a better yesterday. I was inspired by watching Maya Angelou […]

Maya and Me

I met Maya in my thirties when I read “I know why the caged bird sings”.  Her experience was not familiar to me and didn’t seem to touch my life. I never caught up with her but I grew because of her. I came to understand the human experience and through the years I bonded […]

My New Job

I’ve taken on a volunteer job.  It’s a post I created for myself and so I had time to envision great, selfless, helpful work that would go undone if I didn’t step into the breach.  My chest and my ego puffed up to such an intolerable size that I felt overcome with the joy of […]

Changing Back

I am my attitude. When I get judgmental or resentful or just plain pissy, I change into a fractured, ungrounded person.  Or is it the other way around? I’ve lived through this lots of times.  So why does it take me so long to connect my flopping about with stinking thoughts? Or to get myself […]

A Better Yesterday

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  – Maya Angelou My 17-year-old grandson was sitting next to me at dinner last night.  He looked over at me and asked, “How does it feel to look across the table at Dad knowing you used to beat him?” Sucker punch!  […]