Accepting My Role

“I am an elder. And I am delighted to be an elder.” Alice Walker to Tami Simon Acknowledging myself as an elder is like settling into a comfortable chair surrounded by my favorite books by my favorite authors and spiritual leaders with my laptop within reach and knowing that there is internet. I am at […]

Parable of the Mustard Seed – My Version

“If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (New Living Translation) Dear Granddaughter, I was raised with this concept that one could accomplish miracles, veritably move mountains, if one could only […]

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 […]

Passing the Torch

“…it is our attachment to the thoughts we have of who we are that may be the impediment to living life fully, and a stubborn obstacle to any realization of who and what we actually are, and of what is important, and possible.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Giving up pride of place as a parent is a […]

Easter

Easter holds so many memories for me. But I’ve written about those before… And Easter brings up so many thoughts about faith. But I’ve written about those before, too… Nowadays I resist attending most church services. Maybe it’s the itsy-bitsy shame from my upbringing about being a twice-a-year Christian. (I have clear memories of discussions […]

We’re off to see the “Grandmother”…

…because of the wonderful things she does.” Well, it did have a “Dorothy looking for the Wizard” sort of quality.  And I do have that sometime trait of looking without for what is within. Although, I didn’t have a request.  And I knew my way home.  But I was definitely searching for some mysterious and […]

Here come the judge…

Dear Daughter, I have come to the conclusion that there is no good way to hear anything  (other than a newscast) from anyone else unless it is unqualified approbation, or obvious approval and/or praise. Concern, worry, helpful hints (except when read from a columnist in the newspaper)  become mini-interventions.  Thoughts intended to be enlightening, broadening […]