Commentary

December 1, 2022

Resilience

We have all heard remarkable stories of individual resilience. I recently addressed a group where three of the other presenters shared what it took to get through significantly challenging times. They discussed multiple essentials. Some that keep showing up are: recognizing what is and is not within our control, problem […]
November 1, 2022

Taking Care Of Ourselves So We Can “Show Up”

After 2 & 1/2 years of being oh-so-careful, I tested positive for COVID the other day. Almost everyone I know has had the virus experiencing varying degrees of illness (from almost nothing to life threatening…and some have died) There are those who are still experiencing “LONG COVID.” As I write […]
October 4, 2022

Internalizing What I Read

Socrates said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Ultimately, by living an examined life, we are giving ourselves an amazing gift. We receive a sense of freedom, clarity, and thus, peace. Socrates further says: “We must examine and understand the universe that dwells within [our] own soul.”     […]
September 11, 2022

Living a Purposeful Life: A Key to Aging Well

by Dr. Dale V. Atkins Aging is part of life—so we are wise to embrace it. We are fortunate to be aging at a time when so much is known about what can help us age well. As you probably are well aware, there is strong scientific data that supports […]
September 2, 2022

The Flag Belongs to All of Us

On August 9th, Primary Election Day, I was aware of my significant internal distress. I needed to understand what was going on. I quieted myself and began to write. I write as a way to sort out my feelings which, in this case, were deeply entwined with a powerful symbol […]
July 29, 2022

If They Didn’t Want My Advice, Why Did They Ask for It?

I often get calls or texts or emails from people I know (well and less well) asking for advice in times of their confusion or distress. For the most part I’m happy to be a sounding board and I try to assist when I can. Very often these reach outs […]
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 […]
May 27, 2022

Mental Health

  “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”   This is what Ashley and Wynonna Judd said publicly in response to their mother’s recent death. Much of the world was surprised. Much of it wasn’t. Naomi Judd was a brave and outspoken advocate for mental health […]
May 4, 2022

Love Unconditional

Spring is here and I hope we will all take time to think about people in our lives whom we love and how we express our feelings for them. I share some thoughts about unconditional love which were triggered by my presence at a birthday celebration online. As I explore […]
April 7, 2022

Teen Suicide: Opening Our Hearts Without Judgment

As many of you know, I write the Sanity Savers newsletters with a hope of being helpful. Some of the articles are more personal than others and I appreciate the feedback you offer. It means a lot. I had written and was ready to post a different article last month, […]