If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhart 1260-1328 Christian Theologian
Before we had children, my husband and I argued about emigrating to Canada.
I did not want to raise my children in the U.S. in the 1980s because I did not like our military industrial culture.
That was before the mass shootings and outrageously expensive health care came on the scene. Continue reading “The American Way…”
Magic on a sunny afternoon.
Kids by the local ice cream store Salt & Straw.
My dog Ginny being petted and fussed over by these little kids.
Notice where her attention is fixed.
A sweet moment that made me smile.
I hope it does the same for you.
There was a new nurse today at my doctor’s office.
She was young and eager to please.
She had trouble taking my blood pressure.
I didn’t mind, but she was flustered.
She succeeded the second time.
She was pleased, then puzzled and then upset to see me in tears…
Of course, it had nothing to do with her…
It’s just that she was young. Continue reading “An Encounter”
“When you are in the midst of a fog and can’t see the shoreline, you need a compass. Reach out to a trusted friend or adviser for perspective. People are not hard-wired to go it alone. They need others to survive and thrive.” — Edward T. Creagan, M.D. Mayo Clinic
I am fighting the fog that has descended ever since my daughter-in-law entered hospice care a few days ago.
I am thankful to friends, family and neighbors who are helping me to bear the pain.
I grieve for her stuck down by this terrible disease at such a young age.
I grieve for her husband, my son, as he watches his family torn apart.
I grieve for their toddler who will not have her mother as she grows up.
There will be happiness again one day, but, for now, we are struggling to keep the shore in sight.
“Everyone has setbacks, disappointments and missed opportunities.
But wallowing in the past and focusing on the negatives is a sure way to doom your future.
So put the past behind you and embrace today as the beginning of your new season.” — Edward T. Creagan, M.D. Mayo Clinic
A lawyer for Mr. Ngo, Harmeet K. Dhillon, did not respond to messages seeking comment, but called out on Twitter to “Antifa criminals” whom she said “I plan to sue into oblivion and then sow salt into their yoga studios and avocado toast stands until nothing grows there, not even the glimmer of a violent criminal conspiracy aided by the effete impotence of a cowed city government.” In Portland, a Punch and a Milkshake Rumor Feed a Fresh Round of Police Criticism
It’s so easy to stereotype, to label and to make bold and aggressive statements.
I practice yoga and I eat avocado toast.
I work. I listen. I pay taxes. I vote.
I don’t know everything but I do know that there are at least two sides to every story and sometimes what may appear as obvious is not.
“You must all work – we must all work
to make this world worthy of its children.” Pablo Casals Continue reading “A World Worthy of Its Children”
I used to become annoyed when older people would respond to my lamentations about a problem with the comment “This too shall pass.”
I felt that they were making light of something that was important and possibly earth-shattering.
I felt as though they did not care.
I felt dismissed.
I felt unheard.
I felt angry.
I am fascinated by Seneca who wrote about how to live centuries ago.
“Everyone hustles his life along, and is troubled by a longing for the future and weariness of the present. But the man who … organizes every day as though it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the next day… Continue reading “Everyone hustles his life along”