It happens to me every winter. My head and body feel like they belong to someone else; somewhere else. Call it a bad case of SAD. The winter just does a number on me, leaving me feeling depleted and depressed. I walk around in a fog, unsure of what I'm thinking and where I'm heading. But I fight it, knowing that all good things must come to an end. Here's something I know for sure: Spring is on … [Read more...] about What Do You Know For Sure?
The other day, my first-born son had a birthday. Long ago (although now it doesnt seem all that long ago), when people warned me how fast it goes - how before I turn around, my baby will be all grown up (they grow up so fast! were the words I heard ad nauseum) - Id simply nod and politely smile, not believing that what they were saying could possibly have a shred of truth about it. I couldnt … [Read more...] about On Being a Mother
WIth all the attention last week on the anniversary of the assassination of JFK, it got me thinking about how quickly fifty years can pass. I have a hard time believing – but then again, I suppose I shouldn’t – that I can still remember that day with such intricate details, down to what I was wearing and the way the classroom smelled. Fifty years later, the world is still healing from the event … [Read more...] about 25 Things I Learned in 25 Years as a Breast Cancer Survivor
If you convince yourself that something is true...does that mean it really is? Can your thoughts alone have the power to make something real? If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it… Does it make a sound? I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated for a few weeks; my creative juices drying up to nothing more than a mere drop. And I’m just about parched. Being a writer, that’s … [Read more...] about Truth and Reality
How can I think that time is limitless? I know it's not. I learned this early when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at a relatively young age. I was reminded of it when I lost my two best friends to the same disease. I knew it when other's close to me died; a cousin's young wife, more friends and acquaintances, and too many relatives. And, on a lighter note, I knew it when I missed that … [Read more...] about On Not Procrastinating
In a few days, I'm turning 50-something. There's no point in denying so-called aging– it's something I wasn't always convinced I'd be here to enjoy witness– but I can't help getting my real age number stuck in my throat when I have to actually say it. It kind of reminds me of the time in fourth grade when I was sucking on a huge sour ball in math class and accidentally swallowed it, but … [Read more...] about 50 Things I Learned in 50-Plus Years
My boys, when they were teenagers, used to say "If I were in charge of the world, here's what I'd do." It usually translated to things like: Eliminate homework Drink soda for breakfast Never make my bed and Play video games all day without mom yelling at me to get-outside-and-get-some-fresh-air! Well, now it's my turn. There are so many things about this so-called midlife I embrace and … [Read more...] about Ten Things I’d Change If I Were in Charge Of the Midlife World…