A Perfect Day

No alarm clock jarring me out of sleep. As I roll over, my cat is waiting for me to wake up. She wants her breakfast. The sun is starting to peak out, and the day is supposed to be beautiful. I am a morning person, and I slide into my slippers, make my way toContinue reading “A Perfect Day”

The day in the life of a Poll Worker

I kept seeing notices on social media and in emails that there was a shortage of poll workers and that some polling places may not be able to open if they did not get enough people signed up. Eventually, I decided it was my civic duty to participate in this election cycle as a pollContinue reading “The day in the life of a Poll Worker”

You are not dead yet!

I attended a funeral the other day, for the wife of a friend. Her daughter gave the most beautiful eulogy. She shared stories with humor and love. She shared gratitude for what she had learned from her mother and for the time they spent together. There was certainly a sense of loss and a senseContinue reading “You are not dead yet!”

Four ways to handle news-induced anxiety

I remember once being introduced to two sisters. Their mother said, “this is the smart one and this is the pretty one.” Both girls were in their early 20’s. These girls had to live up to the images they had been assigned. I have been struggling to write this blog for the past couple ofContinue reading “Four ways to handle news-induced anxiety”

The Elder in the Room

I was doing some training for a large company this week on time management. The people I was training were in very high stress jobs, and they felt that they had no control over their time because of the demands of the company. I could completely relate to their experience, having been in similar environmentsContinue reading “The Elder in the Room”

The Gift of Difficult Conversations

The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, “as a Buddhist, I view death as a normal process, a reality that I accept will occur as long as I remain in this earthly existence, knowing that I cannot escape it. I see no point in worrying about it. I tend to think of death as beingContinue reading “The Gift of Difficult Conversations”

Evolving through retirement

I loved Serena Williams explanation of how she sees her next act. Williams indicated her intention to retire in a Vogue article in early August, saying she was “evolving away from tennis.” Retirement coaches and the media have been struggling with what to call the new retirement. Longevity of 20+ years post career has madeContinue reading “Evolving through retirement”

How do you feel about aging?

What do you think about aging? It’s better than the alternative, right? I started listening to Dr. Becca Levy’s new book, “Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Well and How Long You Live.”  She is a leading researcher on the psychology of successful aging. Her research shows the connection betweenContinue reading “How do you feel about aging?”

Who is Listening?

In 1977 NASA launched Voyager I and Voyager II to fly by Saturn and Jupiter, collecting data that has increased scientists’ knowledge of those planets and our solar system. In 2012, Voyager I reached interstellar space, making it the most distant human-made object in existence. Both spacecraft carry a “time-capsule” called The Golden Record, aContinue reading “Who is Listening?”

The Tragedy of Life

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin living it.” W.M. Lewis We go through stages in our life. As young children our job is school and learning. Once we are in college, we are starting our adult lessons as well as preparing forContinue reading “The Tragedy of Life”

Literacy, librarians and labels

Shhh! That is the sound of the librarian when you are caught talking.  Before my walkabout with Prudence, that was my stereotype of librarians. The label I gave librarians was quiet, demure people who loved books. It is true that Prudence loves books. It is also true that she speaks quietly. But she is passionateContinue reading “Literacy, librarians and labels”

What I learned in culinary camp

I didn’t go to culinary camp. My 15-year-old grandson did, and I got to enjoy the results. Being a grandmother is one of the greatest joys of my life and it can be challenging. Like parenting except you are not their parent and you don’t see them regularly, so you get to know them anewContinue reading “What I learned in culinary camp”

A Renewal Walkabout

Walkabout #6 I like words. I always pick one or two words at the beginning of the year that help keep me focused and motivated as the year goes forward. As a reminder, my words for 2022 are Mastery and Acceptance. This weekend, when I did my walkabout, I thought about another word … Renewal.Continue reading “A Renewal Walkabout”

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”

My walkabout with bronchitis

Being sick is a buzz kill! At first, I thought it was allergies. When allergy medicine was not improving things, I took the first to two at-home Covid tests. Both came back negative. Finally on Sunday, when the coughing would not stop and I had developed pinkeye, I went to urgent care. Diagnosed with acuteContinue reading “My walkabout with bronchitis”

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