The Slacker’s Apprentice

Most days after work, I tidy up the house and toss in a batch of laundry before settling in to read or write. Most days after work, my husband sinks into the sofa and unwinds by watching zombies, alligator hunters, families who rough it in Alaska, and/or documentaries about historical events....

Choosing the Path for 2017

Some folks make New Year’s resolutions. I’m not one of those people. My closets are organized enough. I watch very little TV. I’ve never smoked, don’t gamble, and my annual alcohol consumption consists of about half a beer every summer—I open a bottle, take a few sips, forget about it until it gets warm, and then pour the remainder out on the grass. I almost never drink soda and my coffee, when I have a cup, is decaffeinated....

55 Things I Know at 55

I’m a few days away from turning 55. My sister called last week and razzed me about my age. “You can’t be 55!” she said in mock horror. My older sister. My much older sister. I laughed and did the math for her. 2016-1961=55 Yep, 55....

Grief and Healing

In recent weeks, I’ve read a number of posts about loss, grief, and the process of healing. As you might expect, some of these posts and the comments that followed have been heart wrenching, the raw pain of the grief-stricken fully palpable. Many people were sad, some angry, and a few still numb from a recent loss....

Who’s Seated at Your Table?

Some time back, a wonderful friend gave me a CD from a retreat she’d attended. She’d loved her time there and thought I’d enjoy the meditation tracks on the CD. She was right. The whole CD was terrific—relaxing and uplifting—but there was one track that really stood out for me. Allow me to walk you through it....