My dad at age 7

Just To Reach You

The fifties are a season of loss. Energy and memory ebb. Your body slips into second gear.  Most devastating is the loss of family and friends to age and illness. Sometimes it’s just too much. This is one of those times. Last week I called my dad and could barely hear him. He sounded so
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Our Dog Clarissa at Age 15

Creating A Memory

I paid close attention to our dog Clarissa’s licks these last weeks because I knew she was dying. I wanted to make sure I remembered what her kisses smelled like as if the scent of her tongue were her signature. She was euthanized this morning. Before the vet came in, I put my face under
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Lilies of the Valley

Mindful Symbols

I am a big believer in the power of symbolism be it a phrase, an icon, or a flower. Mindful symbols root us and feed our souls. When my daughter Emma was an infant, we put wallpaper in her bedroom. Lilies of the valley on a cream background with pink accents. For the poet William
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Setbacks and Perseverance

The change of fortunes in last night’s Super bowl was stunning. I was riveted watching the extraordinary success on both sides. The Falcons scored 28 point in the first quarter and the Patriots came back with 25 unanswered points to win in the first tie breaker in Super Bowl history. It was like sitting on
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