Years ago I took care of an unforgettable cancer patient. She had lost her hair from the chemotherapy, but not her spirit. She quipped about her bald head and how funny she perceived her appearance, calling herself “squirrel head.” I often reminded her how beautiful she was, but she’d just wave her hand at me. … More A Kind Hearted Cancer Patient Gives a Gift
I imagine that many of us feel sadness for the suffering of other people or even animals, that unbidden tears come to our eyes. During the invasion of Ukraine I, and I know many others, have been saddened deeply by the Ukranian’s suffering and destruction of their homes and lives. We want their suffering to … More Walk a Mile in Your Neighbor’s Shoes
Every day I find myself smiling at something on Facebook, or about something funny my cat does, or photos of my grandchildren or any children being cute. Smiles come naturally when you are pleased, happy, thankful, or filled with joy from any of a variety of stimuli. I smile at people who give eye contact … More Show Them You Care
In spite of the fact that I am a senior citizen, I still consider myself a child at heart. So why is it that before I go to a fireworks display for a holiday I pause and do the “old woman routine:” check the weather for temperature, rain, lightening, and think of all the things … More What Is It About Fireworks and Our Flag?
After my husband passed away in 2009, my brother came and helped me rearrange my husband’s items and clothing. He helped me get a good footing on my life again. But my attitude about myself needed to expand to the freedom I needed to become the me that I was meant to be. Suddenly I … More A New Attitude: Independent
Parables and fables have been used for centuries to teach wisdom to children, and adults as well. This is one I learned as a child about honesty and integrity. In a peaceful village nestled between mountains many of the people of the town raised sheep for food and for their wool to use or sell. … More The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Once I heard this story, shared by a lady, I’ll call Jean, who works with animals and has a heart of gold. We were discussing how sometimes giving something small to someone may have a positive impact on their day. Flower Crowns For Daughters Jean, being a creative person and a wonderful mother, played with … More Be a Princess or a Prince!
Although this is not a Sequoia it is a one hundred and nine year old tree at Williamsburg, VA. It’s huge outstretched arms seemed to make it appropriate for the picture. I wrote this poem several years ago and decided to share it. I just made some changes in this poem to help the flow of … More A Modern Psalm
My interest in the gifts of being an empath and having empathy began a long time ago. Having empathy or being empathetic means you can understand and sometimes feek how someone feels; to imagine, understand or feel like they do. Being an empath may include the above compassionate abilities but is more a matter of … More Empathy, Empathetic, Empath
The meaning of the above title came to life for me a few years ago while attending a wedding reception. A DJ played music as twenty or more mostly young adults were dancing and having fun. I was hesitant to get out on the dance floor with the dancers who looked like they were half … More Dance Like Nobody’s Watching