Playing small?

Stop acting as if life is a dress rehearsal.” — Wayne Dyer Semi-retirement inspires some people to do the craziest things. And if we’re lucky, it gives us time to revive old dreams and cross a few items off our bucket lists. In my “Our Town” column on Royal Oak Patch this week I share […]

Communication skills

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.  ~Ann Landers A friend of mine, a school social worker, has an ingenious way of getting her kids to quiet down and “speak one at a time” in class. As she explained it, each child must wait until he […]

Banishing the Grinch

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store?  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” — Dr. Seuss On Thursday I posted a link to a piece about dealing with grief and loss at holiday time. This week, on Royal Oak Patch, I […]

Christmas blues

“Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home.”  ~Carol Nelson As a longtime newspaper columnist, one of my toughest assignments has been writing an annual Christmas piece. For years, the holiday made me feel sad and unmoored, but I’m finally coming to terms with it. You can read about my […]

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