Aging

November 1, 2023

Companions in Golden Years: The Heartfelt Bond Between Our Older Selves and Pets

I was talking with a friend who has had dogs her whole life. She adores them and could have never imagined being without one. Until now. She needs to “put her beloved dog down” which, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, means euthanasia. If you have […]
September 10, 2023

Replace “anxious” with “aware”

Lately, in my conversations, I’ve found a recurring theme: individuals waking to a sense of unease, their minds clouded with relentless thoughts: “I wake up anxious. I have so much on my mind. I feel worried. I was never like this.” It’s a departure from their more peaceful mornings. And […]
June 30, 2022

Flowers Are No Longer On The Grave

A friend’s mother died. Not suddenly; she had been ill. But still, he was not “prepared.” Not exactly sure what “prepared” is. Even when the mind knows what is coming, the heart and the gut have a way of putting on the breaks. And upon hearing that a loved one […]
March 19, 2020

Rethinking “Am I OLD?”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), I am “old.”  Not only that, I am “elderly.” WOW!  I have spent my entire life keeping my mind, body, and spirit as healthy (and youthful) as possible.  And I am still convinced that was (is) the right decision. These days, however, […]
November 4, 2019

Tips for Learning New Things No Matter How Old We Are

Learning new things is good for our emotional and physiological health.  Novel experiences stimulates the release of the chemical dopamine, and causes the brain to build connections among neurons. This is important as we age, for we can replace and activate some connections that we lose over time. The brain […]
October 2, 2019

Lessons Learned by Observing Olive Trees

Recently I visited Greece and was mesmerized by the amazing shapes and the knots formed over time in the olive trees. People have been cultivating olive trees for thousands of years BCE. As I walked through (and travelled beside) multiple groves I saw them as a metaphor for parenting and […]
April 30, 2019

Celebrating Memories of Cherished Friends and Family

Not long ago I lost a friend. And then another. And then…another. Still shaken by these losses, I was informed that a cousin had died. It was quite a five-day streak. The impact of this news left me so full of fear that I would receive more news of a […]