• #ThursdayThoughts,  Conversations,  Friendship,  Women Over 50

    #ThursdayThoughts How Far will You Drive for a Good Conversation with a Friend?

    Last Monday I drove 90 minutes each way to meet a friend who’d flown in from Chicago to attend a conference. Her schedule was tight, so it made sense for me to drive to meet her during a couple hour break between afternoon sessions. I hadn’t seen her in person for several years. It’s one of those cherished relationships where you reconnect immediately and the conversations are supportive, fun, honest, and vulnerable. The weather was dicey, lots of rain and wind on the drive down. I arrived first and soon she walked in. After warm, welcoming hugs, we sat down with our warm drinks. It felt timeless. The time flew…

  • Conversations,  Relationships,  Women Over 50

    What’s One Thing the World Desperately Needs Now?

    A long ago friend calls  to reconnect, a friend unexpectedly drops off a bag of fresh vegetables from her garden, or a young man at the grocery store offers a mom with a tired toddler to go ahead of him in the grocery line—simple, unexpected kind actions that connect one person to another. These quiet acts of kindness (#quietactsofkindness) are the vibrant sparks of humanity in continual newfeed filled with despair, violence, political dissention and unrest. These big world events disconnected, sad, and powerless. Are you feeling this way too? I sure am. After yet another round of news blast of crazy and angry headlines, I sat for my morning…

  • #ThursdayThoughts,  Self-Care,  Women Over 50

    #ThursdayThoughts: What is Your Favorite Comfort Food?

    We all have our favorite comfort foods. These foods beckon us on dark, cold winter days. They are the foods that nurture our spirit, just as they nourish our body. My comfort food is soup. I love many soups and have dozens of recipes. One of my favorites is homemade tomato soup with a slice of homemade hearty wheat bread. Other comfort foods I love are chicken pot pie, a hearty beef stew, and pasta with a rich sauce. Salad, although healthy and delicious on a warm, summer evening, for me is not a comfort food. It may nourish, but it doesn’t do much for my spirit. Comfort food differs…