Friends, Relationships

Strangers becoming Friends

A few days ago, I pulled into a parking space at a metered spot in an outdoor shopping mall in California. As I was trying to pay, a woman walked up to me and said, “Oh, don’t worry about paying. Someone told me they don’t monitor these spaces.”  I thanked her and thought that was… Continue reading Strangers becoming Friends

Parenting, Relationships

When Mom’s Have Had Enough

During these days of isolation, I have been purging files -- cleaning out family history folders and having my daughter help me scan photos, documents, and histories and post them on FamilySearch. It makes us both feel productive, and I love reducing the loads of paper I've been hauling around for so long. The process… Continue reading When Mom’s Have Had Enough

Advice, Memoir, Relationships

The Gratitude Letter

To many of my friends and family, my husband Doug is known as Mr. Happy. He has a degree from University of Pennsylvania in Applied Positive Psychology.   He has fun finding new ways to apply the principles of positive psychology in his consulting work and even in our family. Since it's November, the month… Continue reading The Gratitude Letter

Family, Relationships

Love Illuminated

Daniel Jones, the editor of the New York Times' Modern Love column has read about 50,000 essays on love, and written a book  called Love Illuminated -- Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject about what he's learned. When Jones talked to Katie Couric about the book, she said she thinks if you want to find someone, you… Continue reading Love Illuminated