Flowing between our beginning and ending, life and death are intertwined. Most of us don’t dwell much on dying, but how many of us truly focus on a meaningful living? In the 1989 American drama film “Dead Poets Society,” John Keating, played by Robin Williams, calls his students to gather close around him. He quietly
Have you ever thought about all the objects you own – and why you keep them? At different times in our lives, most of us sort through, re-arrange and discard old things to make room for new. Researchers say we practice “mastery of possessions” in order to gain a sense of control over our lives.
I arrived for my first half day of volunteering to visit three ladies with Alzheimer’s at Brookdale Senior Living’s Clare Bridge memory care facility near my home in Overland Park, Kansas. Carolyn, my first lady to see, was sitting in the lobby with three other residents. I went up to her, introduced myself, and told
Now that I’m in my 60’s, I have been feeling the need for better role models – truly wise people who serve as guides for how to live consciously and sustainably on planet earth. In our digital age, when news, opinions and images from around the world are available 24 hours a day, more people
Yesterday when I was making a deposit at the bank, I was lost in thought as I approached the teller. And it was not the most pleasant thought either. I must have had an unhappy look on my face. I was caught by surprise when the teller smiled at me and asked in a cheerful
“But how could you live and have no story to tell? Fyodor Dostoevsky, “White Nights” “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” Patrick Rothfuss, Author “Before talking of holy things, we prepare
This year, more than any year in memory, I am looking forward to the emotions of Christmas. The familiar mix of carols, laughter of grandkids, trees, festive food, presents, Santa on every corner, and the warmth of peace on earth and goodwill toward others. ….I awake from my daydreaming and know it is not to
John and George, as is their weekly custom, meet Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., at the gas fireplace in the social room of their retirement home. It is time to once again sip fine scotch and share their thoughts. John pours a shot for his friend and George pours a drink for John. Pouring each