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What Can Laughter Do?

I am pleased to reprint a taste of my guest post, published today on Alex Blackwell’s inspiring blog, The Bridgemaker. “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”  Yiddish Proverb I attended a laughter workshop recently.  I figured it was high time to experience something new, and hopefully take away some tidbits […]

Daughter and Mother Adjust To Being ‘On My Own’

In thinking about transitioning and moving on, as I am about to be doing in my ‘retirement’ now, I think about this past year’s big change in having my daughter move out on her own. Moving on takes many forms.  For Nava, my daughter with disabilities, it has meant her moving into a group home. We […]

Retirement – Moving On

I did it – the big R word – Retired.  I submitted my retirement  papers to the New York City Department of Education.  Twenty years as an early childhood social worker.  I am actually leaving ‘early’, not waiting to reach maximum benefits.  So when my workmates ask me why, my answer is “because I want […]

The Power of Listening: Helping Someone Through a Difficult Time

I am pleased to reprint the beginning of my guest post, published yesterday on Tess Marshall’s wonderful blog, The Bold Life. It’s often hard to know what to say to a friend or loved one during his/her trying times.  We don’t know the ‘right’ words. We are uncomfortable with their pain.  We feel helpless.  And […]

Getting to ‘Thankful’ Can Help Get Through Hard Times

I’m still reeling from the incredibly inspirational interview with Jeni Stepanek last week.  I feel drawn to continue a bit longer with this and hone in on one of Mattie’s poignant and wise- beyond- his years, comment. “If you have enough breath to complain about anything, you have more than enough reason to give thanks […]

Interview with Jeni Stepanek, Mother of Poet and Peace Activist Mattie Stepanek

… “Go forth vowing to choose gently, celebrating life each day.  Go forth vowing to choose wisely, playing after every storm.” From “Choice Vows” by Mattie J.T. Stepanek In Loving through Heartsongs (Hyperion, 2003) I am honored to have the privilege of speaking to Jeni Stepanek, an incredibly courageous woman who lives life to the […]

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