Tears for a President

Tears kept running down my cheeks this morning, tears for a President. I was waiting at a car dealer while my car was being serviced, reading our local Pensacola News Journal and USA Today, not exactly where I wanted to be seen weeping. I am deeply moved by George Herbert Walker Bush’s death. At ninety-four, I suspect he was ready …

No More Gifts

“No more gifts,” the woman told me. “We’ve given him presents for every birthday, Christmas, and special event, and not once has he said ‘thank you’ or written us a note.” When her son married, she took in his stepson, about age six, as a full-fledged member of the family. “Now he’s turning twenty, and that’s it,” she said with …

Thanksgiving Starts the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving. It’s the unofficial beginning of the holiday season, lasting until the end of the year. It can also be very stressful as we try to cram in all the extra parties and special events, shopping and cooking. My most disliked chore? Shipping boxes to out-of-state family, despite the fun of choosing gifts. Whatever your faith (or none), we are …

Time Flies: Make It Count!

Time flies, but does it count? Do you too often find the day gone without any sense of satisfaction or accomplishment? Rich or poor, we all live in the same framework of twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, or “24/7” as it’s come to be known. But what great differences there are in how much individuals accomplish. Bad …

I’m Not a Preacher, but…

I’m not a preacher, but I was asked to deliver the opening prayer at Council On Aging’s Rat Pack Reunion fund-raising event Friday, October 19, 2018. It took a couple hours to compose, and this is what I offered: “Dear Lord: Please be present with us this evening. Many of us have felt overwhelmed at the destruction and devastation of …

IMPACT 100 – Women’s Philanthropy

IMPACT 100 of Pensacola Bay Area gave out checks for $100,300 to eleven local nonprofits yesterday. It was a joyful afternoon. Hundreds of women listened to 15 agencies give their 5 minute speeches, trying to persuade us that they had a deserving project to benefit the community. Each project had to be clearly defined and not able to be accomplished …

An Uninvited Wedding Guest

A special wedding guest. I know it’s not normal to bring an uninvited guest to a wedding, but I’m sure this one will be welcomed. Inspiration hit me last week when I had a bright idea for a gift for John and Melissa. I retrieved my husband’s scrapbook from a squadron tour on USS John F. Kennedy back in the …

Lost blogs?

Lost blogs. Last week, I went to write my normal Monday blog for the Women’s Wisdom web site. I checked back on previous ones and discovered that the ones I had written for September had disappeared! And of course I hadn’t copied them elsewhere. I can’t even remember what I wrote about! Lesson learned: copy and store each one, and …

What’s in a Face?

What’s in a face? Your soul, your ‘self’ that you present to the world. It’s the first thing people see when they look at you, and too often determines whether they want to engage with you or walk away. I just finished reading a long article in the National Geographic September 2018 issue, “Katie’s New Face.” The author, Joanna Connors, …

Self-esteem Affects Everything

Self-esteem affects everything you do and is essential to thriving as the years pass. It is your psychological lifeblood, the fertilizer for your soul. Other ways to describe it include the terms self-worth, self-image, self-confidence. It’s an attitude of self-acceptance – of appreciating, enjoying, and valuing who you are. And it does not come from acquiring more material stuff; you …