Posts Categorized: Family

Toddler Teaches Again

My two-year-old grandson was visiting with my mother on FaceTime.  The phone was propped up on the kitchen table facing him as he was eating slices of apple.  After his joyful, heartfelt “Hiya, Mommom!” she tried to engage him in conversation. “Did you go to school today?” she asked. “Apple is good!” he replied with… Read more »

Practice Being Human

There is a new word in the English language. You won’t find it in the dictionary because it is too new. It was created by Zhenevere Dao, the founder of MogaDao Institute, to explain the growing epidemic of technology-induced neuroses. The word is “info-colonization”, and it has already permeated much of our culture without giving… Read more »

Golden Joinery

The Japanese art form of Kintsugi, translated as “golden joinery”, has fascinating implications. First practiced in the 15th century, it is the art of repairing broken pottery by joining the breakage with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum adding value to the breakage rather than covering it up. The break becomes a part… Read more »

A Parent’s Unlived Life

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”  A quote from Carl Jung.   I understand this as a child and as a parent.  It pains me to hear about my mother’s disappointments and in some ways lack of fulfillment.  Huge and small decisions are constantly made… Read more »

Qigong and TaiJi: What’s the Difference?

When I mention that I recently got certified to teach qigong, most people stare at me blankly.  They are too shy to ask what it is. When I ask them if they know what it is, most confess that they have never heard of it. That’s when I say that it is like taiji (tai… Read more »

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 »