I’ve committed to the words Courage, Kindness, and Joy as my mantra for 2014 and beyond. These words are a pilot test for 2014 and, if I allow them to be, will serve as a compass to guide me this year and through the rest of my life. Courage Last year hit me with hard realities: my dad’s dementia and a friend’s being diagnosed with Stage … Continue reading the story "My Three Words: Courage, Kindness, Joy"
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I always come up with my next-year goals in November (I’m not sure why), and I’m particularly good at following through with them because they are tangible and not specific. Rather than having a goal to write a page a day for 365 days, for example, I have a goal to have fun with my writing. It seems the latter is more realistic -- although … Continue reading the story "Enter 2014: It’s All About the Mind"
Truth be told, I’m a killjoy when it comes to New Year’s events. Partying it up in wall-to-wall crowds just isn’t my cup of champagne. I’d rather be home – Ari asleep – snuggling with my cats, eating pizza, and watching a DVD. But, many others, including my parents, enjoy going out with friends and celebrating. Come to think of it, my mom and … Continue reading the story "Happy New Year from Calling the Shots"
It’s amazing how fast things change. In my area of the US, leaves turn a vast array of colors seemingly overnight. And it’s getting pretty chilly pretty fast. As the seasons change, so has my daughter, who’s been in kindergarten for only two months now. A lot can happen in a couple of months. Due to the heavy homework load and her initial tantrums, I’d strongly … Continue reading the story "Teacher Love"
A new year has begun, according to Jewish custom. Rosh Hashanah – which literally means “head of the year” – has arrived. This is a time for self-reflection and for making peace with ourselves. We consume apple pieces dipped into honey to ensure a sweet upcoming year. And we throw pieces of bread in a body of water to symbolize the casting away of our sins. This … Continue reading the story "A Sweet New Year"
I love my gym’s pool, but I detest the locker room. Too many people see me naked there. I’ve always been modest and shy about my body. Still, since breast cancer socked it to me good – stealing my physical and emotional health… and my body parts – I’ve been excessively paranoid about being naked in front of others. The conversation between my paranoid self and … Continue reading the story "Locker Room Talk"
“But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen…” -- T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” I’ve been at it again. Doing what I do so well. Postponing visits to my doctors. I have no excuse – except that I’m scared shitless. Adding insult to injury, because of my procrastination, my medical appointments will now pile up like a multicar wreck. I’m … Continue reading the story "No More Magic Lanterns, Please"
Arielle and her classmates are heading for kindergarten. But for now, they are participating in their pre-K graduation ceremony. Amid applause, they head toward their seats that face the audience of their biggest fans – their loved ones. As I watch the ceremony, my eyes fill with sad-happy awe. My eyes brim with sadness, as I know these very special children – whom Ari has known since … Continue reading the story "Graduation Day"
Before undergoing chemotherapy, I was understandably terrified. The nurse gave me some written materials on chemotherapy in advance of the first treatment. But these readings only provided facts; they didn’t prepare me emotionally for what was to come, nor did they address my fears or calm me down. This is the case for many, … Continue reading the story "Book Review: Getting Past the Fear"