I read a short essay by Camilla Packer titled "Homemaking is Peace." While reading it, I felt like I was wrapping myself in a soft, soothing blanket. During a time of such world turmoil, it was exactly what I needed. She wrote: To me, homemaking is all about peace. Every fresh towel, every pair of… Continue reading Finding Peace
Marriage Retreat Wisdom
To celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary, Doug and I attended a marriage retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since it's almost February, the month of love, I'm going to do you all the favor of sharing some of what we learned. Matt Townsend, a popular relationship, and life coach from Utah was the instructor, and he… Continue reading Marriage Retreat Wisdom
Stuck in a Tree
For years, I've searched for a tiny newspaper article about an overconfident little girl who accepted a dare to scamper up a tree to see who could climb the highest. That little girl was me in sixth grade, and while I climbed the highest, I got stuck in a fork in the tree and couldn’t… Continue reading Stuck in a Tree
We all need a Shelia!
I had a sweet experience last week visiting my mom’s friend and neighbor, Shelia, who was my mom's walking partner for over 30 years. Mom and Shelia Now, I’ve had some good walking partners but never one with that kind of consistency or longevity. Thirty years of walks five days a week is remarkable —… Continue reading We all need a Shelia!
While walking with my friend Keri last weekend, I told her I’m struggling to accept the fact that I’m getting old. “We’re not old,” she said. “We’re sixty-three and that is not that old.” The key phrase that jumped out at me was “that old.” Old, yes, but not “that old.” I told her I’m… Continue reading Aging Mindfully