Growing up, we had a rather quirky neighbor—and I adored her. If women could be clothes, my mother was the cashmere cardigan with the pearl buttons. The neighbor was a handknitted, chunky sweater in countless bright colors—and I adored her. …

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I can still hear my mother’s voice, her lovely Scottish accent: Jane, you say you’ll get around to it, but remember, we make time for what’s important.  I didn’t realize until decades later that I misunderstood the meaning of this …

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An elegant dinner party was the catalyst that caused us to emigrate. For years we talked about leaving Cape Town, South Africa, and starting a new life. This was hardly an original thought. Many of our friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and …

When You Live at the Tip of Africa, Everywhere Is Far! How a Dinner Party Led us to Emigrate. Read More »

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Covid broke our humanity. Covid crushed our compassion. Our treatment of each other has reached a low point. Possibly true, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes, it feels as though forces have conspired to drive wedges between us, resulting …

How We Treat Others Is a Measure of Who We Are. Read More »

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Each night we go to sleep with different thoughts running through our heads. Sometimes, we look back on the day with contentment and joy. Other times, we stew and fret over things not done or words that were said. Mostly, …

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These last few years have left many feeling unmoored. Months passed when no one really seemed to know what was happening, and with no clear end in sight, many are still anxious about what lies ahead. It can be agonizing …

Don’t Agonize. Organize! Read More »

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We have all typed, texted, or said, “enjoy your well-earned rest,” to someone about to take a vacation or start their retirement. Maybe, a friend or colleague has said it to you. You nod and smile, confident in the fact …

You Deserve to Take a Rest. You Don’t Have to Earn It. Read More »

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With the typical arrogance of youth, in my teens, I assumed most of life’s lessons would be learned by the time a person finished university. From then on, you had it all sorted out. The long days of studying and …

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I can’t imagine there is a single adult on this earth who hasn’t at one time or another told themselves that they could only be happy once a particular event comes to pass. “When the kids are grown and flown, …

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Christmas is right around the corner, and your To-Do list seems to have taken on a life of its own. Worse yet, 2022 is lurking just over the horizon.  In previous decades, we welcomed in the new year with fanfare …

There Is Still Time to End the Year Strong! Read More »

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