Before all the white flower buds flutter off the Bradford pear in my front yard, I'm taking a moment to look back on what I learned in winter 2019. Spring isn't officially here yet, but it feels close, with the flowers and trees blooming. Not to mention the April showers that arrived in December and stayed all winter. So it's time to move on. And, it's a good time to look back, to what I … [Read more...] about 4 Things I Learned in Winter 2019
When we practice gratitude, it's good for our emotional and physical health, with recent studies reporting benefits such as less stress, better sleep, fewer aches and pains, and better heart health. But how often do we practice gratitude toward our self? There are many ways to practice gratitude, of course, from saying thank you to making lists and writing … [Read more...] about Practice Gratitude for and to Yourself
The roles were reversed at my house last week, with me traveling to a conference and my husband staying in town. He's usually the business traveler. The night before my trip, we all cooked together and ate dinner together, sharing time, conversation and sustenance. At the end of the meal, we moved toward the sink. Usually the cook in our house gets a free pass on doing the … [Read more...] about Does Your Dread Really Lead You to a Gift?
My parents married 50 years ago at the church they grew up in, that I grew up in, and where my husband and I also got married. It's a special place, with wonderfully imperfect and lovable people. On their actual anniversary, we were able to worship there together as an extended family, and then we went to brunch. My parents, who joined the ranks of the 6% of couples who reach a 50th … [Read more...] about The Ties that Bind: Reflecting on 50 Years of Love, Faith, and Connection