Just a Few Things to Give You a Lift

Just a Few Things to Give You a Lift

“Lawnchair Larry” Walters flew 16,000 feet above Los Angeles in 1982, thanks to 45 helium balloons. What a lift! We’ve had our first day over 50 degrees up here in the Colorado Rockies, so it’s really starting to feel like spring. I enjoy winters and cozy...
Hope Helps

Hope Helps

Having hope – either as a personality trait or about specific things in the moment – has benefits for our mental and physical health: An optimistic outlook reduces your risk of heart attack because the opposite outlook – being stressed, especially for long periods of...
Let’s be like the Tabonuco

Let’s be like the Tabonuco

When I was a little girl living on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan, we used to get these crazy typhoons. There was a grassy quad in front of our house, and I remember seeing the trees bending almost sideways, whipped by the rain and wind. Trees that fare worst in...
A Few Things I Really Admire About You

A Few Things I Really Admire About You

Regardless of how well we know each other, here are some things I know are true: You’ve always given your best and tried your hardest. You did the best you could with what you knew at the time, how much energy you had and what resources were available to you. Yes, you...
It’s Almost as Good as Being There

It’s Almost as Good as Being There

Our son, Max, is moving from Colorado to Oregon tomorrow. It will be the first time in 25 years that he’s lived more than an hour and a half away from home. Now both our kids will live in other time zones; our daughter, Sarah, lives a thousand miles in the other...
My Role Model is a Weeble

My Role Model is a Weeble

A world distorted: Print Gallery by M.C. Escher, 1956 If you’ve ever received life-changing news, you know how disorienting it is. One minute the world is familiar and the next it isn’t. It might look the same but it feels — or at least you feel — different.  Forever...
Announcing the “So Now What?” Newsletter

Announcing the “So Now What?” Newsletter

This story starts almost three years ago, in May 2018, when cancer interrupted my life. I’ll tell you the whole story someday, but for now I just want you to know that if you have felt blindsided, shocked, overwhelmed and extremely vulnerable, I feel you. It’s hard!...
How to Help Someone Cope

How to Help Someone Cope

Sometimes asking the right questions — and giving a little love — is all that’s needed. If you care about someone who’s struggling with coronavirus or any other stressor right now, you may want to help but not be sure how to do it. The method...
Lessons from Two Years of Quasi-Quarantine

Lessons from Two Years of Quasi-Quarantine

Two years ago, cancer sent me into home quarantine, the way coronavirus has driven people into their houses all over the world. The transition was jarring and disruptive, but spending tons of time at home hasn’t been all bad. Here are some of the things...
Using Strengths to Deal Sanely with Coronavirus

Using Strengths to Deal Sanely with Coronavirus

Using no strengths — like kindness or perspective — to deal with frustration. My husband has just returned from the grocery store, where shelves were empty, people were tense and he waited in the checkout line for an hour. It’s stressful out there. As...