Author: Jane

My mother used to say, never burn your bridges. As a young child, I had visions of people running around setting fire to storybook wooden bridges spanning bubbling brooks. I was older when I realized she meant don’t destroy relationships over …

Building Relationships? Grab a Plank and Start Building Those Bridges! Read More »

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Here in the north-east USA, it is starting to feel like the end could be in sight. Covid numbers are dropping, vaccination rates are increasing, and, as I write this, there is even a hint of Spring in the air.  …

Are You Living Your Life on Purpose? Read More »

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Full confession, I’ve failed at meditation. I know it can be life-changing, but I can’t seem to get it right. (Is there even a “thing” to get right?)  For most of my life, I thought that successful people were always …

Just Be Still! Read More »

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We moved to the US in the month of November. It was cold, there were few leaves on the trees, but the days were bright and clear. Around about January, thin metal sticks (about as thick as a man finger) …

Stay in Your Lane, AKA Mind Your Own Business. Read More »

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There is a saying that many mothers know: You are only as happy as your least happy child. This saying drew me in and held me captive long after my children were high school students with driving licenses and part-time jobs.  …

You Are Not Responsible for Other People’s Happiness. Read More »

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Monday to Saturday, around lunchtime, I step outside my front door and empty my mailbox. And, each day, I feel my blood pressure rise. Nothing but junk mail, advertising brochures, flyers, and unsolicited credit card offers! Some of it goes …

There Ought To Be a Law Against… Read More »

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Last week, I spoke to two people who felt overwhelmed—crushed—by circumstances outside of their control. The first was an old friend who moved to the US several years before we did. She was struggling with the weight of all-things-political. Events …

Stop Giving Away Your Power! Read More »

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I am a slave to time. Many people have calendars and clocks in certain rooms of their house. But I have them everywhere. Yes, I have both a clock and a calendar (printed out and stuck inside the linen cupboard …

No Longer a Slave to Time! Read More »

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After Christmas this year, I handed my husband and both of my adult children a sheet of paper, an envelope, and a pen.  I asked them to write down their thoughts about their pandemic lives during 2020. Now, my family …

By Looking Back, I Saw a Way Forward. Read More »

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A few weeks ago, I decorated our home for Christmas. When the children were younger, they would wake up on the day after Thanksgiving (always a Friday and a holiday) eager to start setting up the Christmas décor. I know …

The Days Are Long but the Years Are Short. Read More »

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