Moving In Two Weeks!

I am moving to Santa Fe in two weeks!  How did this happen so fast?  This is the time to clean out, close down and not replenish. Eat food that has been in the freezer for a year. Yuch!  Now I know why it has been in the freezer for a year.  No new jar… Read more »

The World Cup According to Ellie

Not being a sports enthusiast, I surprised myself when I wanted to watch a game during the last World Cup.  All of my kids played soccer, and I enjoy the sport, so I settled in with a snack and the clicker to watch Holland vs Spain.  I lived with a family in Amsterdam during my… Read more »

Life’s Bookends

Last week I was visiting family, the first half in Michigan babysitting for my toddler grandchildren and the second half visiting my 86-year-old mother in Philadelphia.  Bookends to life, but similar in ways. The toddler waddling on unsteady feet, and my mother learning to steady herself with a walker.  The children wanting a cohort in… Read more »

Changing Glasses

Some people see everything through the same lens.  No matter how the conversation starts out, it always ends up the same way.  Whether their interpretation is through politics, money, aging or relationships, it is predictable and relentless.  It always comes down to the same conclusion which is reached through their tinted view. Surprise me!  Shake… Read more »

No Need to Know

Needing to have the answer robs us of the opportunity to learn.  When being right is pressing and urgent, we lose the ability to sit back and feel our way to the most beneficial course of action. Did you ever notice how tight people are who have to override others with the correct answer?  They… Read more »

Before the Wheel

Preparing to move is a huge task.  Sometimes it feels infinite, too much to handle, an out of the ball park colossal job. Today I am feeling the enormity of the endless decisions and need for organization. It is so exhausting, it is like pushing a box uphill before the wheel was invented. Crazy involved… Read more »

Let’s Try Again

My move to Santa Fe is not about having a new address.  It is about embracing a new life.  It is making peace with the past and moving unencumbered into the future. This weekend, I got an opportunity to do that.  At a family wedding, I saw many old friends whom I had lost touch… Read more »

Be Happy Now

“It doesn’t matter if you see the glass as half-empty or half-full because there is a pitcher of water sitting next to it,” says Harvard happiness researcher Shawn Achor.  We can not only fill up our own glasses, but fill the glasses of people around us.   Happiness is a choice and a practice, and it… Read more »

Your Presence is Requested

What does it mean to be present? Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of “The Conscious Parent” says that although parents are tempted to shower their children with gifts to buy their affection, what children really want is our full, engaged presence.  Who doesn’t want that? To me being present means clearing the space of all distractions… Read more »

Righting My Writing

Jelly Beanstalk

Creating seven zany, playful sculptures was the inspiration for me to write children’s books.  It was a spontaneous course that emerged from my fingers immersed in clay with no direction except the desire to laugh.  The seven sculptures became The Woochibies, a group of characters in stories that I was going to write about a… Read more »