1. 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

  2. Self-Pity and Self-Compassion

    Food for Thought Self-Pity and Self-Compassion Self-pity is a phrase that evokes shame in most women. We are never supposed to feel sorry for ourselves, regardless of how difficult or sad, our situation may be. Self-pity connotes a failure of character, the judgment that somehow, we should be able t…Read More

  3. Listening to Our Inner Voice

    Food for Thought Listening to Our Inner Voice The idea that we have an “inner voice” worth listening to has taken many forms over the centuries. Some think our inner voice opens our ears to the messages offered to us by God, others experience their inner voice as a form of intuition, and yet oth…Read More

  4. Women and Food

    Food for Thought Women and Food What woman doesn’t love food? Maybe there are a few out there but I do not know them. Our specific tastes vary widely, though chocolate seems to be a common denominator for most of us. So why is it that women are so connected to food? I do not think there is a simpl…Read More

  5. Loving our Neighbors and Ourselves

    Food for Thought There are few life efforts as difficult as learning to love our neighbors as ourselves. Many of us are not all that good at loving ourselves either and some of us seem to love our neighbors more than ourselves. So, who are our neighbors? Our neighbors are neighbors, strangers, in-la…Read More

  6. Community Spirit

    Food for Thought Community Spirit To be part of a community is a core element of being human. By almost every measure we are born to be social beings and are social beings throughout our lives. We are also raised to be in community with others. Our families are our first community. In our families, …Read More

  7. Mothering

    Food for Thought Mother’s Day has an unparalleled significance for most women. It has significance for every one of us, whether we ourselves are mothers or not. All of us have or had, mothers at one time. Whether loyal or abandoning, nurturing, or abusive, still living or dead, we all had mothers.…Read More

  8. Accepting Change

    Food for Thought How do we work with and accept the changes that are constantly occurring in our lives? What does it even mean to “accept change”? We all know that changes are constantly occurring both within our bodies and in the outside world. Change is sometimes dramatic, sometimes gradual, s…Read More

  9. Resilience

    Resilience is our most important emotional and psychological resource at times of uncertainty, crisis and disorientation. Resilience is the ability to cope psychologically and emotionally with crises and disasters in ways that allow us to maintain as much emotional equilibrium and internal personal …Read More

  10. Coping with the Pandemic

    Sharing Our Wisdom Coping with the Pandemic This has been a startling few weeks. Just a short time ago no one anticipated that an extremely contagious and life-threatening virus would arise and proliferate around the world and in the U.S. It appears that we are still experiencing the first wave of t…Read More