1. Simplifying our Lives

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT Life is not simple but it need not be as complicated as we usually make it.  Often, life is simultaneously both simple and complex. For example, the needs of the newborn infant are simple—to be held, loved, changed, fed, and to sleep and to be given a safe place to do all of thes…Read More

  2. Being Human and Redefining Purpose

    Food for Thought Most women view purpose as synonymous with giving, taking care of others, teaching, or mentoring.  If, as women, we are not giving to others, we have no sense of purpose.  This reflects a very narrow definition of purpose, but one that has been inculcated in us since early childho…Read More

  3. Redefining Purpose as we Age

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT One of the most common topics that arise in our group discussions and in my one-on-one counseling with older women is the question of life purpose. Some women have experienced a life-long struggle to define their sense of purpose in life, but many others have had a sense of purpose …Read More

  4. What We Wear

    Food for Thought Clothes. As women, most of us learn in our early teen years that what we choose to wear is a form of communication, though this learning is often unconscious. For some, the message we get as girls is that clothing defines us. It determines our social status, who wants to be our frie…Read More

  5. Gathering Wisdom

    Food for Thought Wisdom comes in multiple forms and can be hard to recognize, even when it is knocking at our door or has already become a guest in our home. With every year that passes, we gain wisdom. We approach long-time problems with creative fresh solutions. We avoid stepping into the traps an…Read More

  6. Change of the Seasons

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT Fall is an amazing, strikingly colorful time of year.  It is one of the most spectacular and obvious examples of nature’s dramatic propensity to change.  We move from the greens, tans, and deep blue skies of summer to the miracle of yellows, oranges, and reds painting the sky fr…Read More

  7. Courageous Acts

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT Courageous Acts What is courage?  There are many ways to define courage. Some definitions I have come across include “strength in the face of pain or grief” and “the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous”. Mark Twain has written, “Courage is not …Read More

  8. Redefining Purpose as we Age

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT One of the most common topics that arise in our group discussions and in my one-on-one counseling with older women is the question of life purpose. Some women have experienced a life-long struggle to define their sense of purpose in life, but many others have had a sense of purpose …Read More

  9. Your Bucket List

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT The idea of the bucket list was popularized in the 2007 film of the same name.  The "bucket list" refers to things we want to do before we "kick the bucket"--positive, life-enhancing things. The film features Morgan Freeman (Carter)and Jack Nicholson (Edward) as two older men who h…Read More

  10. Uplifting Experiences

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT The quality of our lives is shaped by many forces. Some of these experiences were harsh, painful, or traumatic, but others have been inspiring, uplifting, and joyful. We tend to reflect upon the tragedies and disappointments and it sometimes seems more difficult to lean into those e…Read More