Memory Beads of Christmas’ Past

Not everyone loves Christmas, but I do.  Not all of the beads on the string are beautiful, in fact, several, especially the early ones with my mother, whose anxiety spiked with the pressure of creating a good Christmas, were pretty rough.  Somehow our father and my three brothers and me always found a way to … Continue reading Memory Beads of Christmas’ Past

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Love in the Time of Terrorism

It's about staying light; about believing in hope, goodness, love, connection, and finally, finding humor. What does it mean to stay light? In the Mahabharata, Krishna advised Arjuna on the day of battle and after a terrible betrayal, to not let his heart get hard.  A soft heart does not mean we'll get run over. … Continue reading Love in the Time of Terrorism

Paris; Love, Beauty, Inspiration, Joie de Vivre, Will never be beaten down.

Like so many others, the first time I saw Paris, I fell in love.  In many consequent trips, I continued that love affair; always a little different, but never less thrilling.  I wrote an historical novel: the Nobility of the Robe, about a real woman who was the abbess of Port Royal Abbey in 17th … Continue reading Paris; Love, Beauty, Inspiration, Joie de Vivre, Will never be beaten down.