La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

IOAP The spirit and energy of Marion McClinton, my acting partner, was infectious.  We were performing a short play that night for a theater benefit and we were nervous.  Everyone would be there.  We ran laps around the building, we went over and over...
The Nourishment of Human Connection

The Nourishment of Human Connection

Tiaras and Mac’n’Cheese It is strange and wondrous what can nourish you.  When I was a child and had asthma, I got to stay home from school and go to my Grandma Bernice’s house because my mother worked full-time.  Grandma Bernice had a huge...
How Volunteering Can Heal Us

How Volunteering Can Heal Us

Each day our world feels smaller, and the pain and suffering on the other side of the planet seems as though it is right next door. For many of us, we have an overwhelming sense of powerlessness that is weighing on our hearts and our minds. This is not a productive...
Maybe You’ll Learn Something

Maybe You’ll Learn Something

The Laborer “Stop flapping your jaw and listen once in awhile.  Maybe you’ll learn something.”  This was a cardinal rule of my father’s and something he said so often it was burnished into the minds of his six children.  Perhaps it came from his Norwegian background. ...
A Friend is a Mirror to Our Soul

A Friend is a Mirror to Our Soul

Guest contributor Cheryl Farrell writes about her circle of friends as inspired by a favorite TV show – Cheers. There’s a Sam, Diane, Carla, and Norm in the bunch. Our hope is that our stories and posts are timeless, however the week this posted, world...
What I Learned From the Friends Next Door

What I Learned From the Friends Next Door

Meet The McGoogans The McGoogans lived across the street from me when I was growing up.  They had six girls and two boys.  MaryMarsha, the oldest, was a singer and belted out her R n B tunes, shaking her mop of red hair and stomping her feet a la Janis Joplin.  She...
Intentions of Goodness

Intentions of Goodness

One Good Deed A Day My husband and I decided to set an intention to do at least one good deed a day and I want to invite you to join us. We were on a walk and discussing how we can do good in this life.   Sometimes it is the simple things; the anonymous, the tiny...
The Best Laid Plans…

The Best Laid Plans…

Holiday Past For nearly ten years our Army son was not home during the holidays.  Sometimes it was because it was his turn to take over guard duty at the base so colleagues who had children could share the holiday with their little ones.  At other times it was because...
How I Navigated Post-College Blues

How I Navigated Post-College Blues

The Start of a New Chapter  Graduating college during a pandemic is an accomplishment in itself. I was high on this achievement and ready to take on the world. After graduating, I had a perfect plan I was ready to put into action: I would finish college, apply to...
Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen

Family “Pardon me for talking while you’re interrupting.”  This snarky comment was often used in my family of origin as a verbal jab, an aggressive reminder to listen.  We were a large, boisterous, loud family of story-tellers and attention-seekers.  One of my...
Are You Worth Loving Yourself?

Are You Worth Loving Yourself?

Crave The Love Have you taken the time to really listen to what your heart is trying to tell you, and have you ever noticed just how much we crave loving ourselves, even when that seems to be the last thing on our list to do each day? Daily, we are bombarded with the...
The Challenge of Transition

The Challenge of Transition

California Three years ago, when my husband was offered a job in Brooklyn, we jumped at the chance.  We’d lived in Greenwich Village years ago, before our two sons were born.  Before we’d moved to Studio City.  Before the friendships made through years of parenting,...
Sensing Our Way Through Transitions

Sensing Our Way Through Transitions

I planted one foot in front of the other, feeling into each step as I allowed my hips and arms to swing wide.  Breathing in deeply, slowly, my lungs filled up with the crisp fall air.   I could smell the prior day’s rain in the damp leaves on the ground around me, and...

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