The gates to our "normal" lives have been closed a while and will probably remain shut for a while longer. Maybe a longer while than we think. When I look around at our closed up homes, I wonder what we are doing with all that time behind the gates. So many people are reporting their great . . .
Where do we begin? What marks the start of any new adventure? And what do we leave behind us when the future calls? ~Call the Midwife The virus crisis we're going through now isn't the kind of adventure we want to have. We might not have even called it an "adventure" before. But it's certainly . . .
We've got to find new ways to manage anxiety and fear, and to keep centered. And all work together to get through this. In that spirit: Three of my A Healing Spirit products are now COMPLETELY FREE for everyone to help with the anxiety that accompanies our strange new world. I hope you can share . . .
So much has changed over the past month. The world as we knew it is gone. What comes next is anyone's guess. Our blogging Boomers share what's on their mind this week in our roundup of posts. This week, you'll find ideas for ways to cope with our strange new world. COPING WITH ANXIETY: FREE . . .
This is a post about fear, self-interest and collateral damage. It's also a post about public health. And in the end it's about compassion, too, and being a work in progress. Because I have to keep it real. Watching posts about coronavirus scroll past on social media, my blood pressure and temper . . .
It's Sunday. Maybe it's not your day of worship or maybe you don't worship at all. It doesn't matter. Today is your day for inspiration. Just say that it is. Here are a few Sunday thoughts: No matter what our circumstances, it is within our power to do one thing every day to make the world a . . .
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other? ~George Eliot This is how I feel. All the drama between people is unnecessary--and wouldn't happen if we understood what is expected by our highest and best selves. I know people who are so stingy they squeak. They're . . .
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or work for someone else, at least some of your personal satisfaction and joy come from your job. Today, empowerment coach and sales trainer Stacy Weber shares some of the advice she gives her clients. Advice you can put to use immediately. I’ve used her services and . . .
"The whales are here!" texted our Maui friend as we prepared for a family vacation on that beautiful island. So, of course, we booked a whale watch tour through the concierge at our accommodation. "Before you go, come get towels from us," the concierge suggested, "because you'll get wet." Our . . .
When a story engages me from the first page, when I can't wait to see what happens next and when I'm sorry to see it end? That's a book I want to tell you about. Marriage Unarranged, authored by my social media friend Ritu Bhathal is set in an Indian community in England. I love all things Indian, . . .
It's always interesting to see opinions fly on social media and folks had a lot to say about the Super Bowl halftime show. It's always dangerous to wade into waters that are fraught with people who do not read, do not understand nuance and who are coming from some agenda. But wade in I must. But . . .
First, I want to send warm wishes and love to Rebecca Olkowski with BabyBoomster.com, who is having a rough week. Her partner of 15 years is now in at-home hospice care for Pancreatic cancer. As you can imagine, she hasn’t been able to focus on writing this week. Instead, she wanted to share a . . .
Every morning I turn the TV on to a cable news channel to make sure the world hasn't ended. And then, I turn on the weather. Or my DVR. Or music. Or I read. Because, and this is sad for a journalism major to say, the best diet for peace of mind today is a news-free one. The constant jabber of the . . .
I wasn't always a cruiser. Oh, I went to Alaska in 2002 with a girlfriend on a big cruise ship with a couple thousand passengers. I didn't dislike it but I didn't fall in love with that cruise vacation. Or cruising in general. It was my husband, an experienced ocean cruiser, who introduced me to . . .
Oh, I know, vision boards may seem kind of, well, ethereal. Are they worth making? Do they really work? And how the heck do I create one? First, I'll confess that I've been making vision boards for nearly two decades and yes, they work. Yes yes yes. They work because the act of making one, of . . .
Every time I think my family has the corner on dysfunction I learn that other families I know have it even worse. From publicly throwing each other under the bus to sexual abuse and elder abuse, some families are all about darkness. I used to think about my crazy family dynamic more than I do now. . . .
We've just finished the winter holidays and poof! The day of love is approaching. We've never needed love more than we do now, don't you think? So, why not make Valentine's Day a time to spread love among everyone you care about--mother, grandmother, sister, BFF--all those you love. And I've got . . .
If you feel guilty because you're a writer who isn't writing, an artist who isn't making art--let it go. You are creating the time and space that will spark ideas and inspire new directions. You're "gathering data." Our traditional work ethic says we have to be "doing something" every minute or . . .
When did we become so grey and humorless-- --when did we become people who carry the weight of the world on our shoulders --all of it--taking ourselves and everything around us far too seriously? I can hear the click of outraged responses on social media now. But hey, take a moment to hear me . . .
Sometimes you just want a bite-sized inspiration to start your day. Or make you think. Not a treatise. Not a book. One single thought. I provide exactly that in two places you might not know about: I'd love you to follow me on Instagram. There, you'll find a daily nugget to start your day off . . .