1. Life as Risk

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT As we age, we are gradually and (sometimes suddenly) forced to give up our illusion that life is predictable and we have a large measure of control over our destiny. Of course, some of us lose this sense of predictability early in life due to a serious childhood illness, the death o…Read More

  2. Living in the Now

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT “Live in the now” is one of the most frequent pieces of spiritual advice we hear in our culture these days.  The concept is central to many of the Eastern philosophies and many spiritual and religious paths. It has been brought into Western culture and popularized by a variety …Read More

  3. The Books We Love

    Food for Thought Reading is a window that opens the world to us and opens us to the world.  Our capacity for abstract thought, reasoning, and language are a large part of what defines us as human. Listening and speaking are the fundamental ways we relate to one another through language. Reading gre…Read More

  4. Birthdays

    Food for Thought   Birthdays. Whether we acknowledge them, celebrate them, or ignore them, they happen anyway.  However, not all birthdays are created equal.  There are those we do not remember at all—ages 1, 2, and 3, where all we have to remember them by are pictures of icing or ice-cream…Read More

  5. The 2020 Election

    Food for Thought Today is Election Day.  It is the day voters formally cast their ballots for the office of President of the United States, the person that will govern the country for the next 4 years.  There is an enormous amount at stake; and we are going to the polls as a country that has never…Read More

  6. Our COVID-19 Boundaries

    Food for Thought Everything we do or once did has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Things we took for granted—whether a quick stop at the grocery store, having friends over for coffee, meeting with our book group, traveling to see family, or having large celebration gatherings—none of …Read More

  7. Wanderlust in the Time of COVID-19

    Food for Thought Wanderlust in the Time of COVID-19 How many of us feel isolated and trapped because of this pandemic? Everyone I have spoken with in the past several months has expressed feeling shut-in, shut-out, and displaced by the necessity of avoiding social contact and the immense disruption …Read More

  8. Pioneer Women

    Food for Thought We are pioneer women. All of us. A pioneer is a woman who is one of the first people to be involved in developing something, whether an area of scientific research, settling new lands, developing a new form of art, or crafting a new way of living. Pioneering can also involve tacklin…Read More

  9. The Sound of Music

    Food for Thought Many of us are old enough to remember the magnificent cinematic debut of the epic musical drama based on the story of the von Trapp family. While the film deviated in several ways from the true story of Georg and Maria von Trapp, the film was nonetheless inspired by real people and …Read More

  10. COVID-19 and Our Changing Relationships

    Food for Thought COVID-19 has turned our world upside down in countless ways, not the least of which is our social world. In the pre-COVID era, we had relationships with family and friends characterized by time spent in person, hugs, and handshakes, cuddling with our grandkids, and sharing time at o…Read More