Social media made me think back to my childhood and knowing what you don’t want.  As a child, I recall adults asking: What do you want to be when you grow up? I had so many ideas, I usually picked …

Social Media Drove Me to Figure Out What I Don’t Want! Read More »

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Do you ever picture yourself living in a small cottage or apartment somewhere pretty with mild weather, your favorite person at your side? Your space is uncluttered, and your closet contains a basic wardrobe appropriate for a simple life. Books …

Does the Simple Life Exist, and Do We Really Want One? Read More »

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My little Yorkshire Terrier has been my voiceless conversation partner for most of her fifteen years. With children and husband away at schools, work, colleges, and business trips, there were countless hours when it was only she and me at …

Talking to yourself? Choose your words carefully. Read More »

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Maybe it is age, but I feel the pressure to have A Perfect Life is almost inescapable—or at least much more prevalent than I ever remember. Of course, during our lives, we have all striven to be the best at …

Something Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Wonderful. Read More »

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If you had to define the word attitude, would you explain it as a settled state or something flexible?  Most dictionary definitions appear to explain it as something that is closer to being set, remaining the same. We hear people …

What Does It Really Mean to Have a Good Attitude? Read More »

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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. …

What the World Needs Now! Read More »

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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 …

We Make Time for What’s Important. Read More »

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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, …

Embrace the Blank Page. Read More »

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