Observations on Life

12 posts

One is Not the Loneliest Number

Parts of my body have been removed and/or replaced and others are definitely not what they used to be. I’ve lost much: muscle tone, the shine in my hair, the brightness of my teeth, and some stamina. My skin is thinner and even insignificant bruises can become permanent marks of experience. I don’t trust my night vision sufficiently to be […]

Silver Linings Playbook

Lately I’ve spent a great deal of time talking friends and relatives down from the ledge of anxiety and despair. So many are having extreme difficulty with the overwhelming number of calls to action and requests for donation from worthwhile organizations representing people and causes threatened by the new administration. We are caring, competent seniors who remember fighting earlier battles […]

One Step Forward, Do Not Stop

It’s difficult to offer praise that hasn’t already been voiced for the January 21 Women’s March for Democracy in Asheville and elsewhere around the world. My dear friend, Andrea Gould, captured my own feelings so well responding to her experience across the continent in Tucson, AZ. I share them here.   Late afternoon now, and for me tears of joy […]

Think Outside the Box

Tis the season to give and receive presents. What to give? How to choose? There’s intention and talent behind those who are the Jordan Spieths of gift giving. Those for whom every gift delivered is a hole-in-one and brings the appreciative roar of the crowd. My brother Josh is one of those people. He’s got a unique philosophy of gift […]

The Big Tent

In many ways a family is like a circus. There are talented performers and clowns. Moments of danger, laughter, awe, and – sometimes – a side show filled with things unexpected or rarely seen. What makes a circus entertaining and wonder-full is all that amazing diversity gathered under one big tent. In our family, the big tent is a spirit […]

Come Together…Right Now

A seminal moment – one that is so original, so groundbreaking and awesome that it will influence everything that comes after it. A driving force. An ovular moment – one that is so rich in creative and life-sustaining potential that when stimulated it gestates and gives birth to something entirely new. The essence of creative potential. I have heard the […]