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”

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”

The kindness of others

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi I read recently about a single woman near Orlando, Florida, who over the last 10 years has adopted three children, two with special needs. The woman is 44 and had already raised two biological children, both grown andContinue reading “The kindness of others”

On becoming a parent

“Having a baby dragged me, kicking and screaming, from the world of self-absorption.” – Paul Reiser The week after my high school graduation, an older family friend said, “Boy, your life is really going to change now. College is a lot of work!”   I loved college, but I didn’t find the transition from high schoolContinue reading “On becoming a parent”