Two funerals per month seems to be my current average. With the recent loss of my aunt, I remain thankful to still have both parents; each the last living sibling in their families. Today, the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd and the very recent killing of innocents at the Uvalde elementary school have... Continue Reading →
Memo: Do Skin Check ✅
In the earliest days of humankind, every person possessed natural skin pigmentation that absorbed harmful ultraviolet rays, thereby preventing damaged skin. After hundreds of thousands of years of human migration and evolution, lighter skin required additional sun protection. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks found solutions in natural ingredients such as rice bran, lupine and olive... Continue Reading →
SOLD on Trekking poles!
I sat on the examination table in my paper gown, my legs hanging off the side, wondering if I should hop down to get a book to read, when the door opened. The older, white-haired, orthopedic specialist who looked to be over 70, entered with a young resident-in-training glued to his side. From the moment... Continue Reading →
Michael Jordan’s DNA
I come from a family of three girls whose childhood dream was to visit Prince Edward Island. In 2003, I married a man with three boys whose dream was to see Michael Jordan play basketball. Unfortunately, he retired, the second time, from the Chicago Bulls in 1999. However, Jordan went on to play for the... Continue Reading →
Find your identity, through music
One day as a grown-adult, I happened to be traveling in the car with my mother. As usual, I took control of the radio when it dawned on me I had no idea what music my mother preferred. As a child, my father controlled the radio. As teenagers, my sisters and I controlled the radio... Continue Reading →
When older isn’t wiser
A friend asked for my professional review of an article. One quick glance at the article and I knew my conclusion would not be positive but I wanted to give it due diligence out of respect for our friendship. Two quick Google searches later and the result was worse than anticipated so I put it... Continue Reading →
“Grumpy and curmudgeonly”
Is this our destiny? In my late 30's/early 40's, a discussion question posed to my singing group was, "How would you describe yourself; as wind, water, earth or fire?" Next, we were encouraged to ask our partners, or someone who knew us well, how they would describe us? My friends all defined me as 'water,'... Continue Reading →
Play it again, SAM(HSA)
Recently, the headlines informed us of a former beauty queen who tragically committed suicide. Such events are often followed by a flurry of headlines pleading with those suffering from mental illness to 'seek help.' My intent is not to sound cliché but the sad truth is we, collectively, need to recognize signs and symptoms of... Continue Reading →
What makes me feel stronger?
My immediate reaction to this question took me back 10+ years. In my mind, there was nothing better than getting super sweaty after a really tough workout. Admittedly, I'm not a great athlete but that didn't stop me from trying. Like the time I decided to enter a 65-mile bicycle ride to raise money for... Continue Reading →
Today’s things for which I am thankful￼
The truth is I rarely open my eyes upon awaking and immediately start listing things for which I'm grateful. Maya Angelou made a great point when she wrote, "This is a wonderful day I have never seen this one before." Today, I am thankful for: a dog that does not bark or complaina spouse who... Continue Reading →
Write it down!
Bloganuary Day #8 What I like most about my writing is the ability to preserve a memory while it's still fresh in my mind. My family has occasionally joked about my ability to remember things "from the womb." Of course I can't but I associate my long-term memory with the fact that I have always... Continue Reading →
Comedian Stephen Colbert tweeted the following, this morning, in response to this article suggesting skateboarding as a solution to midlife depression. If you have not started following the social media accounts of comedians as a means of bringing joy and laughter to your life, I highly recommend this. Throughout the pandemic, my husband and I... Continue Reading →
Listen to Your Body!
If you were involved in any athletic activities in your youth, you may have grown up with such phrases as “No Pain, No Gain.” Although this phrase became synonymous with sports and exercise, it is actually a very old proverb instructing us that sacrifice is necessary to gain success. But the actual, definition of ‘pain’... Continue Reading →
Make Time to Laugh
I wanted to share this post from Smorgasbord because it seems there hasn't been a lot to laugh about over the past two years. This post is a big reminder to me that I need to make an effort to laugh. Many years ago, I remember listening to a presentation by Zig Ziglar. He told... Continue Reading →
To Do, or Not To Do? That is the question.
Blogging - Why do I do it? Honestly, it's purely selfish. Drawing attention to myself is WAY out of my comfort zone so it is not at all about notoriety. The perfectionist in me cringes each time I press the 'Publish' tab knowing I am about to open myself up to judgment from others for... Continue Reading →
What we can learn from salmon
Recently, I visited a church where a friend of mine serves as pastor. During the sermon, she told of a documentary she'd seen on the lives of salmon and how their entire species depends on the success of their upstream journey. Her storytelling skills left me believing I had seen the documentary myself. The vivid... Continue Reading →
When your friends start dying
It happened several years ago. I noticed that for a couple of years in a row, I was attending at least three funerals a year. In the course of a conversation with an older friend of mine, he commented, "just wait 'til your my age. We've been to a funeral every weekend for the past... Continue Reading →
I’m 45. Can I seriously be “over the hill”?
Like most people my age, I've started asking myself the big questions. What is my purpose in life? What have I accomplished? What will be my legacy? Some people refer to this as a mid-life crisis. Admittedly, I did initially think of it as a crisis. Turning 40 was an awful feeling but one of... Continue Reading →