Will you be proud of your legacy?

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!  Mother’s Day this year, May 11, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of my Mom’s passing.  This got me thinking about her legacy.  The word “legacy” automatically elicits images of money, investments and property but a legacy represents much more than that.  Unfortunately, my Mother’s life had been a constant struggle because of […]

Dealing with the Holidays

  Christmas holidays present many opportunities for joy and laughter but for some, it can be a very challenging time. Gifts are usually given to family members and friends at this time of year.  For those having financial difficulties, the financial burden becomes magnified.  The sentiment that Christmas is too commercialized is widely held by […]

Celebrate every day

Why do we wait for special days to celebrate?  Recently on my birthday I got asked by many of my friends how I was going to celebrate this day.  Well, birthdays are pretty special and it’s the day when you reflect on life and how grateful you are for your blessings.  It’s also a day […]

Dysfunctional/Functional Families

            The term “dysfunctional families” carries the connotation that the family is not functioning as it should.  The functioning family conceptually consists of a Mom, a Dad and one or more children in which the parents provide for the children’s needs and everyone “gets along”.  It used to be that it was the Dad who […]

Staying connected to what really maters

My dear friend Margie forwarded an e-mail to me and I found it so profound that I am including it in its entirety.  It is called “the stranger”.           A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this […]

Your Legacy

Hearing about the recent death of someone, somewhat related to me, but whom I did not really know, got me wondering what legacy did he leave his children.  On the other hand, I went to meet my husband’s grand nephew (a beautiful baby, by the way) on Sunday and I knew that he has already […]

Independence

Happy Independence Day to my American friends. I hate to admit this but I started working on this very day – July 4th – forty six years ago!!! I remember distinctly saying to myself – “this is my independence day”. What “independence” meant to me then was having purchasing power – to buy food, clothing, […]

Words

As a young child when hearing an insult, you may have resorted to saying “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” We know that really isn’t true. We sometimes interpret words in such a way that we are offended by them even in circumstances where the person who said […]

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself

Are you feeling angry at your spouse for betraying your trust, letting you down, rejecting you, or are you angry at someone else who has  “wronged” you? Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than on that which it is poured. (Seneca)   What are you […]

We learn from our mistakes – or do we?

As Parents, we want to guide and lead our children to make wise choices and it simply frustrates us to no end that they won’t listen to our advice.  We tell ourselves that we know better and because we love our children , we want to spare them the pain.  Truth be told, we want […]