I thought once I retired I would be stress free! Wasn't it my job and that long commute that was causing me stress?? Once retired I would be living the good life; travelling, finding a beach and a margarita! Stress? Not me...that six letter word would be a thing of the past!
News flash! Stress is a part of life. Retirement brings a different set of stressors. I have dealt with the death of my mother and father and my own health concerns. I have also become a grandmother for the first…Continue
When I hear "Twinkies" I think of my childhood. As one of eight children from a good Irish Catholic family, I sat at the table watching with baited breath as my mom emptied the brown paper grocery bags. There it was, the plastic package of twinkies. It held the promise of supreme luxury. The soft sponging outside giving way easily to the smooth sweet treasure inside. Time would stand still as I lingered over the sweetness of the icing inside. I would feel all warm and…Continue
During my Christmas holidays I spent some time visiting my father who is in a senior’s residence in Toronto. He is 89 years old and struggling with many health issues. He was talking about his life and reminiscing about old times when he started to recite this poem:
"I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'
And he replied,
'Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
My mother, Betty Cavanaugh died of ovarian cancer three years ago in September. Since that time I have turned to journaling to help me process this loss. It has never failed to lift me to a higher place and a stronger reality that sustains me. Julia Cameron once wrote in my book, The Artist’s Way “May our words be our friends”. I would like to offer my words as friends to you! I am sure that many of you are remembering people who have a special place in your heart before they…Continue