Small Towns: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Common wisdom is that small towns are great places for kids to grow up. Yes and No. My first town had a population of 70, the next one was 800, and the next was 5,000. When my very large family moved away from each of Continue reading Small Towns: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

What are your choices?

Life is a roller coaster. Unless you live alone in a cave, you will run into people and situations that unnerve you. What can you do? I’ve had three situations in the past month: A thief stole my debit card and tried to charge hundreds Continue reading What are your choices?

Community Trumps Tragedy

I was touched by the community pride in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  Museums and displays proudly and solemnly showcase the efforts of Nova Scotians when the survivors and the dead from the icy waters were brought Continue reading Community Trumps Tragedy

Find Strength in Your Community

Things happen. Life turns on a dime. People are more important than Stuff. And if you gather your community around you before you need them, you will be more resilient, and you will survive whatever life throws at you much better. Continue reading Find Strength in Your Community

What Matters Most

It’s important to remember what really matters: · The love & support of friends and family · A healthy body & mind · A Resilient Spirit Each of these feeds the other, and without them we are poor, indeed. No amount of money can buy Continue reading What Matters Most

Beijing Olympics and The Resilience of the Human Spirit

No matter the situation in the world; no matter the economy; the the looks on the faces of the Olympians as they march through the stadium tonight brings Hope. Not just hope, but a reminder of our commonality and community. A reminder that, in the Continue reading Beijing Olympics and The Resilience of the Human Spirit

Community Community, we all need community

When Patricia Hearst was kidnapped back in the 70’s (yes, I’m dating myself), they were able to brainwash her by telling her no one cared about her. They kept her isolated from community, and it wasn’t long before they were able to manipulate her. We Continue reading Community Community, we all need community

Cultivating Resilience is a good idea

The Resilience of the Human spirit. That’s what captivates me. Watching little kids dance. Seeing an older couple on a walk, still holding hands. Hearing a stadium full of kids in Hawaii singing (and signing) the YMCA song. I love watching people connect; love seeing Continue reading Cultivating Resilience is a good idea