Yesterday my granddaughter called on Facetime. She was all excited about her new piano that also has a microphone. She immediately played the keyboard as she sang. It was an uninhibited moment of excitement that she wanted to share. In the middle of a day filled with worries and concerns about life, this precious moment… Continue reading Pausing Life
When Dreams Take Flight
When I was a kid, I was fascinated with the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. In December 1988, my flight on one turned into a sobering experience that reminded me of the value of life and the need to cherish each moment.
The Lost Art of Map Folding
When you look back from the vantage point of a half century, you start to wonder why some skills learned at a young age are no longer needed. Take the fine art of folding a map. Now be honest, when was the last time you folded a map back into its compact stowed position? Okay,… Continue reading The Lost Art of Map Folding
Fleeting Moments With Mom
So many things complicate life, but as the first Mother's Day without my mom approaches, I am reminded that simple moments like a walk with someone are fleeting moments that may never come again.
The Last Time
The other day I was in our basement and I looked at a stack of bins with toys our kids used to play with years ago. At one time these toys were spread across the house and played with on a daily basis. Even though they were picked up each night, the next day they… Continue reading The Last Time
When the Reality of Parenting Hits
I remember staring with adoring eyes at my first child immediately after she was born. It was the most amazing thing in the world to experience. Then a scary thought hit me, “Where are this baby’s parents?” It soon became apparent I was now a parent! I frantically looked for the owners manual, but found… Continue reading When the Reality of Parenting Hits
The Minutes That Last a Lifetime
In the course of our busy lives it is easy to get distracted with the necessities of life. Yet we can’t lose sight of the truly important moments that require our full attention.
Mourning a Lost Future
It seems I always want more out of life, but can I be content with what I have instead of looking at what I don’t have?
The Post Pandemic Era
In the pre-pandemic world we took for granted how delicately interwoven we are as a society. We did not understand how fragile our systems are that we depend on.
Inspiration from an Empty Tin Can
The brochure featured the distinctive bright, golden finish of the coating inside the can and it’s superior sealing properties. I wondered if that was the secret to the enduring qualities of the can.