Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Each time frame seems to give us new buzzwords. It's a word or words that suddenly come into vogue with a new meaning.

Today's buzzword seems to be "mindful."

It's not a new word or even a new practice. But it has taken on a life of its own during the past two years.

It simply means focusing our attention and awareness to a new level of consciousness.

The mindfulness movement has been around for a long time, probably starting with the concept of mindfulness in Buddhist meditation. Clinical psychologists also have used it for decades.

Saturday, May 11, 2013



I am among the hundreds of thousands who were thrilled with the election of the humble man now known as Pope Francis.

From the start, I've been filled with hope and admiration for his nontraditional approach to the papacy. It's always a pleasure and a breath of fresh air to read his messages to the world.

Shortly after being elected, he had some interesting thoughts on old age.

"We are in old age," said the 76-year-old pope. "Old age is the seat of wisdom," he said while speaking slowly.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

It's not fair.

Somebody stole April away from me. Puff – just like that, the entire month disappeared.

I know why people keep saying, "Time flies." It's because it's a truism.

I don't know how the month of April slipped away before I even realized it was here.

I think someone stole it.

Because it's the month of my birth, I've always made April special. It's MY month and I celebrate my birthday all month, spacing out my celebrations with friends.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I interviewed a "new" artist this week because he was selected as the "developing artist of the year."

Howard Spielman gets a kick out of that designation.

"Imagine that," he says with his characteristic sense of humor. "It only took me 70 years to become a 'developing artist.'"

Howard says he's been an artist ever since he could hold a pencil and a paintbrush. He wanted to live his life as an artist but quickly realized he had to do something that would keep a steady paycheck coming in. He worked as an art teacher for 30 years.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

We all know the power of three little words when those words are "I love you."

As the songwriter wrote: "Love changes everything."

Three little words can change lives.

Sometimes, though, three little words have a negative impact on me and, I believe, on the entire country.

Those three grating words are: Made in China.

At first, I refused to buy anything that was labeled made in China. But so many times I'm not aware of it until it's too late.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

How much longtime influence does a parent have on the actions of an adult child?

Your answers could vary between "not much" and "more than you think."

When I'm together with friends and new acquaintances, that subject often comes up.

Sometimes, it's because a parent is saying: "We always took our children to church every week but now that they're on their own, they don't go."

Then, nods around the table indicate it's a common problem.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My friend Pat is so inspirational that her friends call her Saint Francis. From early morning until she falls asleep each night, she devotes herself to helping others.

Before Pat moved to our town there was no such thing as an organized community-wide ministry to help the poor. When she moved here, she went to her pastor and said she wanted to start that ministry.

He backed her efforts and gave it the sanction of the church. But the work to establish the ministry was done by one woman.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A friend of mine, who has always been especially close to her mother, just had the devastating experience of having to put her beloved mother in a nursing home.

"It's something I vowed never to do. She's 96 and she deserves a better ending to her life," says Alice.

Although her mother fits anyone's definition of old, she looks 30 years younger and still dresses like a glamourous movie star. Believe it or not, she went kayaking with her daughter two years ago. Unfortunately, her mind hasn't aged as gracefully as her body.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I was a kid, I liked playing Follow the Leader. It wasn't a very stimulating game and we usually got bored quickly and stopped playing.

Sometimes, though, as adults we continue to play Follow the Leader, even if we don't want to.

Did you ever do something you didn't want to do, simply because "everyone else was doing it?"

Perhaps you didn't want to go along with the crowd because it didn't seem right or it wasn't safe. Or maybe it just didn't appeal to you. But you did it anyway, just to go along with others.

Saturday, March 9, 2013



A full-page ad in our newspaper announced a "new" concept in housing development – new homes built around neighborhood pods, complete with stores, recreation and medical services all within walking distance.

Of course you're probably thinking the same thing I did – what's so new about that? We've had that concept for decades.

It's called neighborhoods.

I guess it's true that what's old suddenly becomes new again.