Recently my son came home from school talking about a party his small advisory group had had yesterday at school, in which they were supposed to bring in a treat from home. His treat offering? A few Tic-Tacs from his backpack. He forgot to tell me about the party, so I get the reputation of having dropped […]
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We have this idea that there is a perfect time to do everything and that the key to doing the things we want to do in life is to wait for that perfect time when all the stars are aligned and then everything will be wonderful. I thought that way for a long time about […]
When my son was six and about to turn seven, he confessed that he didn’t want to become seven because it seemed like too much work. Even though adults tend to view all of childhood as easy and fun, I knew what he meant. Seven was the end of first grade and the beginning of […]
As we write our New Year’s resolutions, it’s worth thinking not just about what we want to achieve, but also what can get in the way of that and how we can avoid that happening. This new year, millions of people will once again claim that they will lose weight or get control of their […]
Earlier this week, I attended a lovely panel discussion at my daughter’s school. We sat at tables with linen cloths while tiny plates of interesting food were served. The topic was on healthy eating, sustainability, and mindfulness. All three panelists were parents at the British School of Boston, including a chef, a mindfulness coach/executive, and a model. […]
It is easy to forget, in the busyness of the holiday season, that Thanksgiving is about so much more than eating until we’re stuffed, spending hours doing dishes, and then collapsing on the couch. Last night we hosted twenty of my husband’s relatives, whom I happen to really like. We had people ranging in age from […]
A few days ago I was feeling tired and overwhelmed with too much to do, as I stood in line at the grocery store. I had been asked by the cashier if I would change lines since he had a “situation” that might take a while. I changed lines and then noticed that the woman in […]
Twenty-three years ago on October 16th, I walked down the aisle in the gorgeous Stanford Memorial Church, built by my ancestors, with the late afternoon light pouring in through the stained glass windows. I remember the long, red carpeted aisle with a slope that I walked down, tugging my father– who was beaming proudly– to […]
I will never forget a comment that an older person made to me once a few years ago: “Just wait until you’re no longer young and pretty. You’ll love becoming invisible.” I was horrified by her words, because she seemed to revel in the idea of becoming invisible as you get older. She also seemed […]
I love the metaphor of life being like a container of rocks. If you fill it with small rocks, there is no space for the large rocks. It’s only when you put the large rocks in first, that there is room for the small rocks in the remaining space. And yet how many of us […]