Category: Musings

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 …

You Can Always Have a Winning Experience. Read More »

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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 …

Why Civility Matters! Read More »

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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 …

Are You Becoming Your Parents? Read More »

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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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I study my hands like a mother studying her baby’s breathing after their first full night of sleep. I look at the endless freckles that cover the backs of my hands and imagine the burning African sun drilling its heat …

How Do You Define Yourself? Read More »

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Maybe it is just me, but I was shocked to find out September started this Tuesday! I had been checking my town’s recycling reschedule and thought I’d flipped two pages together. September—how on earth could it possibly be the ninth …

Why Does Time Fly and How Do We Slow It Down? Read More »

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Six months into this pandemic and many things now feel ordinary. Before leaving the house, we do the keys-cell-sunglasses and mask check. We automatically body-swerve around others to maintain that 6-foot gap, and we are no longer startled when we glimpse our au-naturel nails …

Don’t Let Uncertainty Leave You Paralyzed. Read More »

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