Healing, Caring and Crafting

Walkabout #5 “Hi Heidi, what are you doing?” “I am organizing my new home office space, so I can start coaching families.” That is how the telephone walkabout with my sister, Heidi, began. I was supposed to go to Atlanta to get in a real walk with her. But as I am recovering, and apparently,Continue reading “Healing, Caring and Crafting”

Starting over and staying hopeful – Walkabout #3

We all have a story to tell. Janet and I had never met in person, but we had connected on Facebook. I was looking forward to meeting her for our walk. It turned out to be a beautiful day at Butler Springs Park, early spring blooms were popping up, there was a gentle, warm breezeContinue reading “Starting over and staying hopeful – Walkabout #3”

Hey, Boomer Walk-about

It is too easy, as we age, to tell ourselves that we can’t move like we once did. That may be true. We may not be able to move like we once did but that does not mean that we can’t still move. Let’s do a Hey, Boomer Walk-about. More about this below. First theContinue reading “Hey, Boomer Walk-about”

Lessons from a leaf pile

I like to say that we get older, but we don’t have to get old. This past weekend made me more aware of getting older. And I did not like it! I have always had a “can-do” attitude. Not in the sense that I felt I could climb Mt. Everest or take on other greatContinue reading “Lessons from a leaf pile”

Play is not just for kids!

I had Physical Therapy today. There is the ever-present lower back/leg pain, and then my neck and shoulder started tightening up as well. So Physical Therapy has been good, teaching me strengthening exercises to stabilize some of my weaker muscles. My therapist was proud of my progress today on neck strength and movement. Now weContinue reading “Play is not just for kids!”

Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional

Pain can be exhausting! I just got back from Yosemite National Park, a trip I have been looking forward to for over a year. It was very hot, over 105° every day. And very dry, and the last day there we smelled smoke from nearby fires. All of that made the trip challenging but dealingContinue reading “Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional”

Living with Gratitude

I was looking back over some things I had written a few years ago, and I came across something I wrote that started out with anxiety about turning 61. This year I will turn 68! That puts 70 right around the corner. I was talking to a friend yesterday who is turning 77 and sheContinue reading “Living with Gratitude”

Failing to plan, is planning to fail

As I sit here in my office, I glance at my bookcase and there are so many books that I have used in my coaching practice and in this stage of my life. Titles like: Transitions and Managing Transitions; Retirement by Design, The Joy of Retirement, Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free, UnretirementContinue reading “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”

Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You

It is 7:30 in the morning. You are rushing to get the kids in the car, so you can get them to daycare, and you can get to work on time. Your three-year old still needs her shoes and jacket on. As you are trying to help her with her shoes, she looks at youContinue reading “Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You”

Virtual Possibilities

Things have changed so much since we were born, and they are changing faster all the time. Remember how our parents used to tell us they walked to school, uphill, both ways? We tell our grandchildren that we only had 3 TV channels and they were not on the air 24hours a day. And youContinue reading “Virtual Possibilities”

Birthday Pancakes

Growing up we had family traditions.  Every Sunday my Dad and my brother, sister and I would ride our bikes to the Pancake House while we let my Mom sleep.  We used to go to Dressel’s Dairy for ice cream cones to celebrate special occasions. We lit Chanukah candles and played dreidel. We had familyContinue reading “Birthday Pancakes”

FEAR is a 4-Letter Word

I was a guest on a show last week, and someone asked, “Why do Baby Boomers seem to be so fearful?” That question surprised me because I had not looked at myself that way. I am a Boomer. I have taken a lot of risks in my life, starting with leaving a marriage when IContinue reading “FEAR is a 4-Letter Word”

I am not what you think I am

I just started reading a book called Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty. The very first chapter is about Identity. He opens that chapter with a quote from sociologist Charles Horton Cooley that says, “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am whatContinue reading “I am not what you think I am”

The Responsibility of Caring

Many years ago, I read a book by Robert Fulghum called “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” You may have read it also. It is a precious book, and there is a 25th edition out with new essays. As I thought about what we learned from our discussion with Dr. Blackstone,Continue reading “The Responsibility of Caring”