Giving to children without giving too much

You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing. — Meryl Streep   Like most parents, I try to give the best to my daughter without spoiling her. Sometimes, it’s tough knowing where to draw the line. Just for fun, we once took a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina. As we strolled throughContinue reading “Giving to children without giving too much”

Go ahead: Chase your dreams

 “It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life. If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.”                                                 – Katharine Butler Hathaway In the 1991 movie “City Slickers,” the tough-as-nails cowboy played by the lateContinue reading “Go ahead: Chase your dreams”

I’m careful how I spend my time

“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin   Nothing is more important to me than my family, so I am protective of the time I spend with loved ones. I mention this because my life is full of prospective time robbers – usually well-meaning people who pull and tug at me for my time.Continue reading “I’m careful how I spend my time”

Mom’s tough life provides perspective

“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” – William Samuel Johnson It’s a well-worn ritual for young people to roll their eyes as their elders lament how tough life was years ago. Every grandparent has a story about walking to school in the snow (uphill, both ways) or living without someContinue reading “Mom’s tough life provides perspective”

Mom taught me to think for myself

  “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.” Frank A. Clark Years ago, I came home from school one day and promptly sat across from my mother at the kitchen table. I was about 11 years old, and I had a question. A teacher hadContinue reading “Mom taught me to think for myself”

Encourage kids to keep dreaming

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman     Do we give up on our dreams too easily? A colleague mentioned that his 20-year-old stepson had just achieved his dream of playingContinue reading “Encourage kids to keep dreaming”

Dying children teach us about living

 “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” — James O’Barr Sometimes I read a news story that puts life’s trivial troubles into humble perspective.   Case in point: I read a story once of 9-year-old Jayla Cooper, who was weeksContinue reading “Dying children teach us about living”

Life isn’t the same without “Sammy”

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains un-awakened.” — Anatole France Years ago, I had to euthanize my cat, Samantha, and it broke my heart. “Sammy” was a beautiful orange tabby with a ringed tail and seven toes on each front paw. Barely two months before the end, we discoveredContinue reading “Life isn’t the same without “Sammy””

Good values are a key to happiness

“The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. I like to believe that IContinue reading “Good values are a key to happiness”

Appreciate the precious moments with your children

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” — Peggy O’Mara Sometimes, a random moment reminds me of the important things in life.   One summer when my daughter was about four years old, we had spent time flying kites at the beach, collecting leaves on nature walks, racing go carts, playingContinue reading “Appreciate the precious moments with your children”