Blogging, Family, Friendship, Reflection

Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?

Over the holidays, I wanted to focus on presence. I took a month-long break from blogging and significantly reduced my time online. Although the first series of images suggests that my primary activity was dining, I revelled in quality time with family/friends and am grateful for our time together. Our youngest son flew home yesterday,… Continue reading Where Have I Been? Where Am I Going?


Hug Everyone You Know

This morning, I picked up my copy of Hug Everyone You Know by Antoinette Truglio Martin. I follow Martin's blog, Stories Served Around the Table, and greatly enjoy her writing style. I figured I would read a few chapters each week, but...from the initial pages onward, I couldn't put the book down. I finished the… Continue reading Hug Everyone You Know

Reflection, Retirement

Why in the Heck Am I so Busy?!!

It’s been three full years since my retirement. I can still (faintly) hear well-intended voices saying, “You’ll regret leaving work early.” “You’ll be utterly and completely bored!” Now that ample time has passed, I can honestly reply, “No” and “Not one little bit!” Boredom never crosses my mind. As a matter of fact, it’s quite… Continue reading Why in the Heck Am I so Busy?!!

Life Lessons from Charlie
Grandparenthood, Reflection

Life Lessons Taught to Me by a Three-Year-Old

I have recently had the privilege of hanging out with my three-year-old grandson while his daycare was closed for a few days. Having this private time with him was packed full of life lessons. Below are a few of my takeaways. 1. It’s time to ditch the stereotype of ‘little old grannies’ (and ‘grumpy old… Continue reading Life Lessons Taught to Me by a Three-Year-Old

Parkinson's Law
Reflection, Research

Parkinson’s Law

I had promised that this post would be about what I did on my Technology Break--the time that I spent luxuriating with family, friends, fiction, fitness, food and fantasies about the Via Francigena. But, after I wrote the title, and published teaser photos, I felt that the rest was self-explanatory. Adding to my concerns about… Continue reading Parkinson’s Law

Reflection, Retirement, Travel

What I Learned from My Recent Trip to Singapore

The city is matter how often you visit. It is easy to understand why people from all walks of life (including our youngest son) are proud to call this home. We took in the Botanical Gardens (free!), museums, beaches, the Aquarium and all of the sights and sounds that we could explore during our… Continue reading What I Learned from My Recent Trip to Singapore

Blogging, Reflection, Trying New Things

An Experiment

For the past seven days, I have been missing from the Blogosphere. I haven’t done any blog-related reading, writing, posting or commenting. I haven’t published my regular Sunday Guest Post. I wasn’t traveling. I wasn’t too busy. I didn’t suddenly tire of blogging. And, thankfully, I didn’t spend another week in Technology Hell. Why the… Continue reading An Experiment

Blogging, Lifestyle, Reflection, Retirement

When ‘Thriving’ Turns into ‘Surviving’

Ever think that you have everything (okay...maybe just 'most' things) in balance...and then it all suddenly goes off the rails? Thank you to Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond for inviting me to discuss 'When Thriving turns into Surviving'. Please join me at Sue's and let me know what you do to get back… Continue reading When ‘Thriving’ Turns into ‘Surviving’