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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As we draw near to Christmas and Hannukah, many of us look forward to enjoying lifelong traditions. For me, traditions aren’t so much a clearly delineated set of acts but rather a jumbled collection of activities gathered over continents.  We …

Traditional Christmas Dishes? Not So Much! Read More »

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Recently, while listening to a podcast, I heard one of the presenters, a sports coach, use an expression that was new to me. He said: “You can’t always win, but you can always have a winning experience.” He went on …

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the US, and despite everything going on in the States—and the world—millions of people took a moment to be thankful.  This wonderful holiday has a special place in my heart. Like most Americans, I love …

Still A Thankful Thanksgiving. Read More »

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Over the last few months, who hasn’t dreamed of finding a magic switch that reboots their happiness quotient? Many of us are feeling ground down by the ongoing relentlessness of these pandemic days. Add to this the climate crises and …

5 Shortcuts to Feeling Happier. Read More »

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The time has come to remind ourselves that civility matters. It is the grease that allows the squeaky wheel of humankind to move along smoothly. A giant dollop of civility will reduce the annoying screech of feuds, thereby enabling societies …

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Most of us like to feel in control. We adopt routines and put systems and schedules in place so that we have a pretty good idea of what will happen when, where, and with whom. Surprises are fun, but being …

What to Do When Everything Feels Out of Control. Read More »

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I catch myself doing it every night. I cannot walk upstairs to bed until I’ve done it.  I walk around our lounge, front room, dining room, and kitchen, and I tidy up, straighten up and generally sort out everything in …

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Friendships are those magical relationships we choose to have simply because we enjoy someone’s company. In a way, I envy my children’s friendships.   My daughter had just turned seven years old when we moved to the USA, and my son …

Do You Remember Who Was Your First True Friend? Read More »

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