Mrs. Lindbergh’s gift

It is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh Visiting southwest Florida several years ago, I finally made a pilgrimage to the tiny island of Captiva.  With our only child away at college then, it was the first time my husband and I had returned […]

Prime magazine

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.”  ~Muriel Spark A supplement to The Detroit News and Free Press, Michigan Prime (formerly Michigan Senior Living) has a new title and design. I’ve been writing a personal column for the magazine since June of last year, fulfilling […]

Coping with parent loss during the holidays

They live forever in your broken heart….And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” — Anne Lamott I‘m on holiday break for the next week, so I’ll continue to repost seasonal pieces. This one […]

Updating my address book

We have too little time to waste it in relationships that are not equal and mutually rewarding. Exchanging energy nourishes our souls.” 
— Sue Patton Theole in The Woman’s Book of Spirit In addition to getting my mother adjusted to assisted living — still a challenge — I’m devoting the month of January to organizing […]

Moving Mom

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou Yesterday, while labeling my mother’s clothing and underwear, I had a surreal moment in which I felt as if I were moving another kid to college. In reality, we’re getting ready to transfer […]

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