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Poetry is good for you

April is National Poetry Month. I have it on good report that “poetry can heal.” If you witnessed Amanda Gorman’s incredible reading of her poem “The Hill We C...

Music is a secret weapon during COVID

Our granddaughters, ages 16 and 18, are planning a visit with their grandparents. It will be a masks-up weekend, so we hope the weather holds so we can be outsi...

The ultimate to-do list

Throughout my column-writing years I have received email comments from many readers. Most of this correspondence is affirming of the things I write about — occa...

If a woodchuck could chuck

I give up. I’m succumbing. All of the past week, a phrase keeps running across my mind. It’s totally distracting. I fall asleep with it, and when I wake up it’s...

A jumpstart to joy

I felt profound joy this week when, while walking our dog one morning, I discovered a dandelion. The perky yellow flower was sitting all by itself in the middle...

Imagining those we have lost

In the last few months, our extended family has experienced three deaths. Sudden and unexpected in one case - my daughter's birth father and my first husband. A...

I haven't had a sniffle all winter

All the increased attention to hand-washing over the last year has some interesting side notes. In addition to not getting COVID-19, I also did not get those ag...

I admit I ate the ice cream

Our power is out. Depending on your political persuasion, those words could have more than one meaning. In this case I'm referring to what happened in household...

Tips for tardy hearts and flowers

If this day - best known for boxed chocolates and personally delivered cards awash in hearts and flowers - slipped your mind in its likely importance to the per...

Soup was on this week in our family

A few weeks ago I received an email from my brother extolling the deliciousness of a soup he'd made that day. It was "Pureed Cauliflower with Rosemary Infused O...

Vaccination vigilance pays off

Hallelujah! The combination of being in the right place at the right time, chutzpa and a lot of women-to-women networking resulted in my husband and I getting o...

Beating the blues

I'm not sure how the past week was for you - mine was rather up and down. Some real peaks and a few valleys. It prompted me to conjure up more ways to stay psyc...

I'm making a list too

"Sometimes a list is the only way to get from one side to another. " This sentence is on page 564 of the book "The Stars are Fire" by Anita Shreve. Those words ...

Did you hear the one about ...

Laughter lightens your life - even in a pandemic. Especially in a pandemic. My favorite online exchange this week was between two friends. The first woman asked...

Looking ahead to a year of decency

In the late fall of 2020, I listened to a 2016 interview with Sen. Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina, in which he was asked his thoughts regarding Jo...

Plan now for life after pandemic

It may be premature to plan a post-pandemic life, but I don't think so. It starts with this premise: When the vaccine becomes available to you - get vaccinated....

Colors of the year are here

This is not a holiday story. Think of it as a colorful tale of its own making - with an embedded message. Let's start with this imperative: "Get ready for a bri...

Holiday memories keep piling up

If you could go back and revisit your most memorable Christmas, what would it look like? Let me make the question more open-ended - your most memorable holiday ...

All I want for Christmas

In the past at this time of year, I've written a column that starts with, "All I want for Christmas is " followed by specific information about a particular ite...

We shared Thanksgiving through a portal

By the time most people read this column, Thanksgiving will have come and gone. Was yours delicious? It may not have had all the family and friends around the t...