Live beyond Your Fears – Part I

“Weren’t you afraid?” I asked Dr. Sam, who had left her established chiropractic practice to start a new wellness business. “Yes,” she admitted, “but I didn’t let it stop me.” We all experience fear; it’s a universal emotion, flashing a “danger ahead” signal when we’re faced with a threat, whether physical or mental. Our response to it ranges from feeling …

Godspeed, Carole

Carole’s Christmas letter has been the first one to arrive for decades, so I noticed when it wasn’t this year. Her signature looked unsteady. Reading the letter confirmed my fears: “I was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig disease, last January, and have been in a wheelchair since July.” Carole and I became best of friends when we lived at the …

Stepping Stones to Life

“Stepping Stones.” To what? To a life of purpose and fulfillment, free from addiction. In 2016, I offered to volunteer at Pathways for Change, an amazing place where men and women can get their lives on a healthy, meaningful track. I wrote down a ‘shopping list’ of topics for them to choose from – and Pat and Jackie, the program …

Fearful of Writing?

Fearful of writing. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? Yet it’s more true than I knew. At my last writers’ group, the question to respond to was, What fears do you have about writing? There were only three of us present that day, so it was intimate. We took ten minutes to write, then shared with each other. Two of us have published …

Who’s Crazy Enough to Write a Book?

Who’s crazy enough to write a book? It takes time (usually a couple years), it’s costly, complicated, requires many hours of research, the publishing business is constantly changing, and there is a lot of rejection, especially while trying to get the first one published. Who needs the aggravation? I guess I did! I’ve written and published two books now, the …

Caring for a Friend from Afar

Caring for a friend from afar – is it possible? In December, I noticed Carole’s wavering signature on her annual letter. In it, she wrote, “I was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig disease, last January. Since July, I’ve been in a wheelchair.” My heart ached for her. My oldest brother had ALS, too, so I know well the many …

Is Hope Lost?

“We lost hope,” I whispered to my husband sitting next to me in the church pew. Two of the Advent candles – Hope and Peace –  had been lit earlier in the service. We were in the second row, so we could see them quite clearly. Hope caught my eye as it began to shrink and sputter. I felt unexpectedly …

Beat the Holiday Blues!

Can  you beat the holiday blues? If so, how? Start by writing down your three most important values (e.g., family, fun, travel, inclusiveness, money, status, sharing and caring). Base your decisions on those values; they help you decide when to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Remember, especially, that this is a religious time, whatever your faith, so let your beliefs guide you …

Feeling the Holiday Blues?

Am I feeling the ‘holiday blues’? As my to-do list grows inches longer, I sense the increasing pressure, wondering, “How can I possibly get everything done?” Even our calamondin tree is full of ripe fruit, demanding that I make marmalade. Today! It’s time, then, to remember that joy comes not to those who have the shortest to-do list, but to …

Share Your Gratitude

Gratitude. I’m increasingly aware of how much I have to be grateful for with every year that passes. When I was young, I worried about my deficiencies, what I lacked, or what I wanted and didn’t have. It seemed that everybody was better off than I was. My parents, thank goodness, always focused on what they did have, and eventually …