Broken-heart signals

At midlife, our hearts and bodies often become increasingly sensitive to things that no longer serve us.” — Christiane Northrup, M.D. Long before the weird heart palpitations started, my first warning was a never-ending series of medical appointments on my day planner. Not one of those appointments was for me. Three years ago, I’d purchased […]

Vacation from Facebook

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”  ~Henry David Thoreau To my Facebook friends: I’ve temporarily deactivated my […]

Mothering myself

Mother is a verb, not a noun.”  ~ English Proverb It’s going to take several days to recover from last week’s domestic flurry – a self-inflicted storm of floor washing, napkin ironing, furniture polishing, and grocery shopping. As most women would, I blamed it initially on the Thanksgiving holiday and the fact that I would […]

Birthday blues

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”  ~Chili Davis Doug and I just returned from a long birthday weekend in St. Joe. To be perfectly honest, my birthday (Saturday) felt a bit sad this time around, as if someone had let the air out of all the party balloons. I suspect my blue mood […]

Assisted living for Mom

The years teach us much the days never knew.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson An essay about moving my mother to assisted living will be featured Sunday, June 3, in the North and West editions of Michigan Senior Living. The magazine is included with The Detroit News and Free Press Sunday paper. “Moving Mom” was tough […]

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