Slack Cheeks and Where to Live Slowly

After almost a week of a very slow-paced “retreat” my cheeks were slack, like that of a sleeping chipmunk! There were new creases on the sides of my mouth, a strange outcome from taking it easy. Perhaps the jaw-clenched, quick-paced schedule suited me better. Probably not. Yet, how can we slow down and live fully … Read more

On a Jet Plane: Leaving Someone Behind

Our heart subtly, quietly aches. Travel isn’t always fun. Sometimes we go away to be with a sick family member or attend a funeral. Other times, even when we’re heading out for a fun adventure, leaving loved ones behind can be surprisingly difficult. The drive to the airport feels poignant, the luggage a little heavier. … Read more

When Travel Disrupts…

Travel is disruptive.  When we travel we intentionally disrupt our lives! In a foreign land we’re unaccustomed to cultural norm.  Not in our own bed, sleep isn’t fit. Food is foreign to our bodies. In an unfamiliar place, we’re slightly on edge. Routines do not resemble daily lives.  Thus, whether for business or pleasure trips, … Read more

The Retro Gift on Arrival

There’s nothing like being picked up at the airport. Knowing a friend or family member will welcome you safely back home is a lovely, affirming experience. You’re home!  No sign is required. A friend knows what you look like. No schlepping luggage on and off the parking garage bus. What a relief! “People watching” at … Read more

The Last Seat Dilemma: Finding Space

The last one on the plane, ugh, is an unenviable position. The only seat available is surprisingly in the front row, the Bulk Head middle seat. All the other passengers have walked by and as the very last passenger boarding the plane, the only choice was that smooshed seat. Arms stretched straight by my side. Other … Read more

“Stoked-ness”: Tuning-In to the Vernacular

Heading on a bus to ski some Spring “powder” a fellow passenger asked, “Are you stoked (about the new snow)?”.  With the constant deluge of precipitation falling outside, we indeed felt full of “Stoked-ness”, hoping to experience fresh white stuff on the mountain trails.  Although being “stoked” was not necessarily an adjective in our vocabulary, … Read more

On Departure? Don’t Miss It!

Everyday we say “good-bye”.  Sometimes it’s a quick wave, “See you later” kind of act. Other times, with family we leave with a hug and kiss. Mostly, however, in our daily lives, departures go unnoticed.  We slip out when the meeting is done…we’re finished. Or, at the Cafe, where we indulged in a delicious coffee … Read more

Planes, Trains and Automobiles… It Is What It Is!

  Waiting hours on a runway for “de-icing”, standing in three different lines to check odd-sized luggage or sitting squeezed in a middle seat… these are the times we say to ourselves, “It is what it is”. Logistics might go awry. Like Steve Martin in the movie, “Trains, Planes and Automobiles” we end up in … Read more

Climbing out of Social Doldrums

Already in this New Year, we’re hyper-focused on a project, caught up in a massive “to do” list or just without energy for social situations. Yet opportunities for meaningful conversation are resplendent despite lifestyles. Nothing to talk about? Not true! In our spinning world, there’s so much to learn about one another. Lackluster feelings trap … Read more

Where To? Life is a Journey!

Where To?  This is a common question at the start of a new year; although it’s often easier to ask the question than answer it. Shortly after the year begins, however, with the twists and turns of our lives, we shift to reminding ourselves that “Life Is a Journey”, both allegorically and literally. Where To? What … Read more