Age-appropriate dressing

The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.  ~Judith Regan Friends, I’m taking time off for a week or so. This essay ran in Strut magazine in the fall of 2007. I’m happy to report that I’ve purchased two military jackets since its publication…. What is hip? By […]

You gotta have friends

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”  ~John Leonard All too often, we put our social lives on the back burner because we’re too busy with work or family obligations. Or because we think we have to pull out all the stops to entertain company. Earlier this year, within a very short […]

Art and soul

The eye is meant to see things. The soul is here for its own joy.” –Rumi For collectors of inspirational quotes, the ecstatic poems of the Persian mystic Rumi are pure gold. I find most of my favorites in one of the finest anthologies of Rumi’s work, The Soul of Rumi, translated by the incredible […]

Fragile Season

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the staircase.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. This essay was first published in the online magazine, Literary Mama, and is included in the print anthology, Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined (copyright 2006; Seal Press). It also won a 2nd-place creative nonfiction award […]