Posts Categorized: Family

Sifting Through to the Gems

I have been wondering what is the bigger picture; what is the meaning on a global and universal level? I sense that if we are awake we will see extraordinary acts both large and small. In my small sphere in the past two weeks I saw two sisters who haven’t talked in years connect over… Read more »

Here I Go Again!

Here I go again writing about apologies. I would say that I am sorry for that but I’m not. There is more to be said since apologies are such an important part of relationships. In the old movie “Love Story” when the male heart-throb says “Love means never having to say you are sorry” I… Read more »

How to Age Crazy Cool

My mom is so cool! At 92-years-old she has defied all platitudes and expectations. An original thinker, she was always before her time. She meditated and did yoga before I barely even knew what it was and she had us doing yoga poses to clear up a cold. I even remember her jogging in place… Read more »

Empathy and Narcissism

Our Thanksgiving was lively and rich with family. Kids running around, dogs misbehaving, food heated and served in abundance. But it was particularly intense this year. Within the past few months a close family member had a recurrence of a disease, another was raw from a divorce in progress and my daughter came with her… Read more »

The Naked Truth

Moms can be so annoying! You have lived with their idiosyncrasies your whole life and maybe they haven’t changed. In some cases they have gotten more glaring. And how about those times when you catch yourself acting and sounding just like your mom, saying the things that you have tried to run away from but… Read more »

The Baby Has Arrived

There is a new person in the world!  My daughter had a baby two weeks ago.  Soft and warm, sweet and pure, a new little boy was born.  Everything that he does is miraculous, from opening his eyes to sucking and pooping, and the adults who love him marvel at each accomplishment.  He has a… Read more »

When Do You Need Glasses?

My son built a fort for my eight-year-old granddaughter, six-year-old grandson and me to watch a movie. It was a construction of pillows, chairs and cozy blankets in the middle of their living room floor. He made popcorn and flavored it with corn chex and white chocolate, then he went into the basement to use… Read more »

How Do You Tap Into Your Soul?

It was Christmas eve in Michigan and I was visiting my son and his family. They told me that there was something special that they wanted us all to do on that night…something that happens every night in December in that town. We got bundled up (the kids in woolen hats and snow pants) and… Read more »

Raising Responsible Children

Over Thanksgiving, I was fortunate to be with extended family for a three-day celebration. Among the events of the visit there were several faux pas such as a guest’s dog pooping on the floor as soon as they arrived and the host dropping the turkeys and the marinade all over the kitchen counter the day… Read more »

Why Is Thanksgiving Stressful?

It’s all about family. For those who don’t have family, it could feel lonely or isolating. And for those getting together with family, it often involves travel during crowded times…packing, rushing to airports, dealing with delayed flights or crowded roads and foods that might not agree with you. But, more importantly, why is being with… Read more »