Making Mistakes


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”  Neil Gaiman


What’s so scary about making a mistake? If success meant never making mistakes, sitting in a corner doing nothing would be a triumph. Unless we want to stagnate in the safe but limited land of “same old, same old,” we’re going […]

By | 2018-01-31T16:39:06+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Food for Thought|0 Comments

Virtual Book Tour: Julia’s Gifts

Julia’s Gifts

Today I’m delighted to present award-winning author Ellen Gable’s newest release, Julia’s Gifts. This captivating love story is set against the backdrop of World War I. Gable deftly blends wartime reality with the tender story of how a young girl’s hope for romance deepens into a woman’s understanding of love—and finds fulfillment in an unexpected way. The letters exchanged between Julia and her “beloved” were especially touching. I finished reading this book, the first in the author’s Great War, Great Love series, in one day. I did not want to put […]

By | 2018-01-25T15:33:30+00:00 January 24th, 2018|This and That|0 Comments

Today, Tomorrow, or Yesterday?

“Most of us in journalism are too obsessed with the here and now to think about the past or future tense of our lives.” Bill Moyers


Maybe I should have majored in journalism—I spent a good part of my days either looking at the past or anticipating the future.


It’s great to recall fond memories from my childhood: climbing the apple tree in our backyard and hanging upside down by my knees from the lowest limb; sipping tea and playing gin rummy with my sister on cold winter nights; walking […]

By | 2018-01-24T11:06:59+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Food for Thought|0 Comments

Hope Vs. Expectations

“It’s a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.” Danny Boyle

What’s the difference between hope and expectations? Let me take you back to the days before cell phones and share my experience with both.

One morning, I headed out to a seminar but my car wouldn’t start. Mind you this was right outside my home. All I had to do was go back in the house, call AAA, and wait for them to fix my car. I paced around the house, feeding my annoyance. I’m going to be late. […]

By | 2018-01-05T16:09:46+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Food for Thought|2 Comments

New Discoveries

We always think we are now at the end of our discoveries. We never are.  C. G. Jung

“Barbara, sweetheart, daughter dear—you never listen!” I heard that a lot as a teenager. Dad was right. Why listen? I already had all the answers.

After college, I confronted reality full time. Although I learned to balance a career with married life, parenthood presented a never-ending learning curve with a constantly moving target. Just when I got a handle on caring for an infant, she became a toddler. My chatty little girl started school, […]

By | 2017-11-24T17:34:44+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments