Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose… Growing up in southern California, the holidays consisted of palm trees, sun and Santa’s on surfboards. Jack Frost did nip our noses in the mornings, but by the afternoon we were sunning ourselves on the beach.   I remember one year when I, Read More

I love Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving I cannot wait to put up my decorations− decking my halls and walls and tables. My husband laughs at how many Christmas decorations I brought into our home the first year we were married− and the fact that I can add to them every year! I light, Read More

A complete stranger nodded to me through the glass door. He made a hand motion that he would open it for me and I somehow perceived that he didn’t speak English, by the way he gestured and nodded without saying a word. I stepped back and this kind young man opened the door with, Read More

You’re feeling good, in your exercise groove, running or doing your boot camp class, when after a few months, it starts: that throbbing, aching in your heel, the first painful step out of bed in the morning…. Whaaat?! This CAN’T be happening! Then it gets worse. The doctor tells you, “Stop running and high-impact, Read More

“I cannot even walk around the block; how can I run around the gym?’ This was Syd’s response when she was invited to join a Body & Soul class. Her response is not surprising. The thought of exercise can intimidate just about anybody. But Syd is not just about anybody. Syd is unique because, Read More

In a queue for water recently, I had time to think. A queue for water? Was there a sale on Deer Park? Not at all. I live in Zimbabwe and this is part of everyday life. It’s not easy to have to line up for water, something that should just naturally pour out of, Read More

I did it again. I lost my oatmeal. I have a habit of fixing my breakfast and walking around the house eating it. I set the bowl down somewhere, and couldn’t remember where I left it. About a month later, my son said “Mom, what is this awful stuff up on the fireplace mantel?”, Read More

It’s time for me to start fighting Peppermint Patty. I don’t mean the Peanuts character. I mean the candy! Yes, every Halloween it comes to this. We buy gobs and gobs of candy, with the intention of handing it out, but then we end up eating a LOT of it ourselves. This is probably, Read More

Don’t you just love to get gifts? Whether they are big or small, they come as expressions of love and caring, in conjunction with celebrations like birthdays and Christmas, or for no reason at all. (That’s a special serendipity!) Sometimes the gift is a bouquet of flowers—and flowers come dressed for all seasons—mums are, Read More

Just like Disney’s Cinderella, we want to succeed in this world and perhaps live a life worth remembering. Whether or not we end up living the fairytale or having any of this life documented on DVD like a Disney princess, I think we all might agree that our choices help (or hinder) the direction, Read More