The Trick to Understanding Children's Behavior

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."– C.G. JungI cannot believe my oldest finishes first grade tomorrow (sniff)....more

Where Have You Been, My Friend?

Today I am thinking about old friends, people I haven't seen in years. Somehow, all the moving around I did before finally settling down left me bereft of many of them. I wouldn't even know how to find them. The tree is in full leaf decorum outside and I can no longer see the apartment building across the street. I am hiding behind its canopy and dreaming of old times with old friends ......more

Santa Maria Pine Cone

A long time ago I lived in a ranch house in Santa Maria, a coastal town in Central California. I might still be there to this day had I not been so lonesome for my two small daughters, who were located on the opposite side of this great continent. Every day I would go out into the backyard, pick apricots from the tree and then plop myself down on a lounger and eat a few of them. I never remember it raining in Santa Maria. The world seemed timeless with clear blue skies and no humidity in the air, the temperature hovering between 70 and 77....more