She Lives Alone

Some deep rumble, louder than a regular car engine, woke me before six this morning. I opened my eyes to see the reflection of flashing red lights from outside on my bedroom ceiling. Thinking it was a police car going up the street I got to my feet and put on my glasses to look outside. Surprised to find the engine rumble coming from the front of my unit, I went down to the living room to peer out at all the flashing lights. The EMT’s were removing a gurney from the back of an ambulance. Firemen without uniforms were following the EMT’s to a unit outside of my vision range....more

A Yearly Update of Your Life

We think nothing of making an appointment for an annual medical exam, yet evaluating our health through the following perimeters is just as important to our physical health....more

Gifted Treasures

A few years ago I joined a group of people openly discussing their thoughts on end-of-life. One woman's summary on our "accumulated belongs" stayed with me. She reflected on how we spend our life collecting things that are special to us...and at some point they all become just things for which we eventually loose our attachment....more


Remember the Seinfeld episode where Elaine upset the “Soup Nazi,” who exclaimed to her, “NO SOUP for YOU”! Some of you will know what I’m talking about. Last month I was at a west coast bakery and returned a Danish (untouched!) to the waiter pleading, “This cherry Strudel doesn’t appear to have any cherries in it.” Gasp! Two days later they remembered me and one waiter jokingly said, “NO STRUDEL for YOU!”...more

I'll Take Some Compassion, Please

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”--Dalai Lama...more
The transcendent power of forgiveness and compassion, beginning with practicing it toward ...more

The Ideas You Plant, The Health You Reap

It’s only March 1st—but I’m thinking Spring! When you garden, you are thinking about your seeds much earlier than the ground will allow you to begin. But it’s also time to think about how and what we harvest. Sometimes we nurture a negative root system by tenaciously hang on to a pain or an idea long after its origin or initial impact. Something someone said or did can become an unforgiven seed. What seeds are we planting?...more
Your questions are food for thought  - we do have to be open to the beauty in our lives and ...more

Peace at Life's End: A Personal Inventory to Letting Go

“That which you are holding on to today may, in turn, be something holding on to you at life’s end.”...more

The Game of Chance-- or Avoiding Reality

An article by Jennifer C. Kerr appeared in The Seattle Times which reported a poll taken of baby-boomers born between 1946 and 1964. This particular poll found that 64 percent of boomers say they don’t have a living will or a health care proxy. Kerr explains, “Those documents would guide medical decisions should a patient be unable to communicate with doctors.”...more

What Have You Put on the Back Burner of Your Life?

We don’t have to live the rest of our lives convincing ourselves, and others, that change is impossible. We can choose to make a difference if we want our lives to look different.Are we waiting for someone to give us permission to make changes in our life? Are we not willing to give ourselves permission to choose ways to live healthier, with more peace and more joy? What have you put off? A change for the better always starts with one step.“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” — Albert Schweitzer...more

NOT A Sign of Weakness

Last week I “Tweeted” this post: “Sometimes there is a fine line between independence and isolation. Asking for help when you need it isn't weakness; be there for each other.”...more