Perspective — the first gift of the sea

Before we left home for our trek to the beach, I wondered if I could leave all my duties and responsibilities undone for a week.A miraculous thing always happens when we arrive in Avon, North Carolina.My memory gets wiped clean.I can't remember what I had to do that was so important it couldn't wait.As I sit on the deck, mesmerized by the ocean, I try to remember.What were those things I thought I couldn't leave undone?Perspective is one of the gifts of the sea, I think. The first book I brought … [Read more...]

Enough is Enough

At every transition in my life, I get restless, thinking I should be doing more. When the kids used to start school in the fall, I felt an urgent need to pack my life with something more meaningful than what I was doing. It didn't matter that I might have organized a new early morning club at the school to teach elementary students how to produce a newspaper or volunteered to be the room mom in two classrooms, taken on the social director job for our neighborhood and organized a party with … [Read more...]