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“IF I KNOW YOU ARE COMING AT FOUR… AT THREE I BEGIN TO BE HAPPY”

“IF I KNOW YOU ARE COMING AT FOUR… AT THREE I BEGIN TO BE HAPPY”  For decades, I’ve loved those words from The Little Prince, the enchanting novella written and illustrated in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator. I first read it, one of the best-selling books ever published, when I was a sophomore… read more

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…   Do you remember “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?” (Most people simply referred to it as “Mr. Rogers.”) It was a beloved children’s television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers and ran on a multitude of public television networks including PBS, from 1966 to 2001.    Our older daughter, Kate, who started watching it when she was about… read more

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE… It is. And we are “players” on it – however reluctant, at times. But maybe that’s because we make it – being a “player” – harder than it needs to be. I hear what I call “negative typecasting” from people just about every day. “I”m not the ‘creative type.’” “I’m not the… read more

SHE’S THE ONE WHO….

SHE’S THE ONE WHO…. How often, when we introduce someone, do we actually say who they are? I don’t mean what they do, I mean who they are.  If I’m any example, not all that often. I heard myself introduce someone to a friend the other day by saying, “Hank, I’d like you to meet my friend, Barbara.” That was it. Hank was left holding… read more

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES Every now and then life hands us the chance to define our- selves. These moments-sometimes big, more often, little-usually don’t come all gift wrapped with fanfare and hoopla. Of course, the big ones are pretty easy to spot. The little ones, well, they’re pretty easy to miss. And the thing… read more

“THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF”

That was Bogey’s last line in “The Maltese Falcon,” and his answer to someone’s question about the mysteriously wrapped package that people were willing to give their lives for, after which the unforgettable epic 1941 film starring Humphrey Bogart, was named. Yes, there are those ‘things” that have meaning far beyond their obvious value that people are willing to give up everything for. And… read more

LIVE FULLY

There’s a thoroughly charming children’s book by Arnold Lobel that I read to Kate and Abigail when they were little, called Grasshopper on the Road. It’s about a grasshopper who decided one morning to go on a journey. “I will find a road,” he said, “I will follow that road wherever it goes.” On his journey, Grasshopper… read more

A GAME OF INCHES

At one point, last Sunday night, after we’d devoured our unbelievably delicious Super Bowl dinner (thanks to Kate and her husband, David – both spectacular, creative cooks…), the first half of the game was over – and it looked like the Falcons were going to walk away with the title and we should all just… read more

“I AM BECAUSE OF YOU”

I’ve been writing a lot lately about change, American values, optimism and big hearts – in spite of – or maybe because of the current political climate and executive orders of the recent weeks –  which seem to be speaking another language; a language unfamiliar and strident to the American ear… But recently, I’ve read… read more

I SAVED MY LIFE…YOU SAVE YOURS

February is Women’s Heart Month. Over a half million women die every year from heart disease and most of them didn’t have to.I was almost one of them. Here’s my story… “I’ll never make it,” I thought. “When did these stairs get so steep?! I’m gonna look like an idiot if I fall down in… read more