Giving Panic a “Time-Out”

I had a panic attack the other day. It was a small one. I don’t get them often, the last big one was over four years ago. Still, they are not fun to have. Body tenses up… assuming a self-protective, though not quite fetal position… breathing gets shallower… head feels ready to explode. It was…

Opening Your World Through Reading

During the last three months of 2014, I was taking a class. With work and volunteer responsibilities, attending class, required reading and writing papers and presentations, I easily over-filled my schedule. It wasn’t the first time I’d taken up something really good only to have the requirements get on top of me, but this time…

Don’t Give Up

I wasn’t familiar with Stuart Scott in his role as an ESPN sportscaster. I learned of him through media stories about his battle with cancer. Scott died Sunday at the age of 49. In July, Scott received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, an award show hosted by ESPN. It was during…

Kindness Matters

The following is one of my favorite quotes from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible – it is always possible.” When asked to name the most essential virtues in other people, we might list honesty, integrity, courage, acceptance, or a commitment to working hard. We need people to exhibit these characteristics and many others…

What Have You Got to Work With?

In an interview, a famous singer made some self-deprecating remarks about her singing, specifically about having a limited vocal range. She was right about that. Nobody would ever call her a “belter”. She doesn’t hit the highs or the lows like some do, and never finishes her songs with a dazzling note held at length…

The Foodie and Food Insecurity

My foodie dreams came true! I met Mario Batali. I am a huge fan of this celebrity chef. I spend many Sundays in the kitchen trying to re-create dishes he prepares on his daily talk show, ABC’S The Chew. He was touring the country, promoting his new book, American Farm to Table. I jumped at…

When Our Parents Get Older

Aging parent. Family meeting. Scary stuff. I did not sleep the night before. Capabilities and independence were on the agenda; we were not at the point of caretaking or having to think about end of life issues. A big family offers a lot of assistance when needed and also comes with a variety of thoughts,…

Oh, That Word!

I am bedeviled by a word. Perhaps I exaggerate a bit. After all, you might wonder if a single word can really create that much difficulty. Well, I’ll tell you that it can. When I’ve got a tough decision to make, this word can really nag at me, cost me a lot of emotional energy…