Change is Nature’s Way

Seed pods fly unfettered       creation cruising aloft        seeking common ground Change is the definition of nature. Poets offer creative change themes and often use nature metaphors. Few words were needed in my Japanese-inspired haiku to capture “change.” Give it a try — you may surprise yourself with your simple change-of-pace experience. Why do… Continue reading Change is Nature’s Way

Boomerang Lessons

I never meant to teach my children gambling. I thought I was teaching my children about the ills of gambling. Years ago on a family vacation, we swung by Las Vegas to catch some shows. We saw the famous Siegfried and Roy magic show with their amazing white tigers. The second evening we saw Cirque du… Continue reading Boomerang Lessons

Peaceful Learning

Schools are back in business this autumn, but do they carry out their business with best practices? I thought of an old tune that I learned as a child. Thankfully, only some of the words reflect my personal experience: “School days, school days / Dear old Golden Rule days / Reading and ‘riting and ‘rithmetic… Continue reading Peaceful Learning

Pandemic Pearls

As a follow-up to my retirement survey of individuals ages 55-98, I asked participants to answer questions about how the pandemic affected their personal identity, how they spent their time, what they missed, what lessons they learned, and what unexpected gifts came from the pandemic. I was not surprised to find that the pandemic ordeal… Continue reading Pandemic Pearls

United by Pearls

Pearls have been worn by 24 of our First Ladies. Martha Washington started the tradition. Her uplifting dove-shaped pearl pin is a symbol of both peace and hope. Abigail Adams wore pink faux pearl beads. A Dolly Madison portrait shows a single strand of black pearls. More recently, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura… Continue reading United by Pearls

Birthday Pearls

Birthdays have an effect on us, in one way or another. Some look forward to their birthday and some not so much. It can be a time to “take stock,” or assess your situation in life and rewire your personality for further growth. Quieting the mind with reflection helps our personality part that “runs things”… Continue reading Birthday Pearls