We mourn this end of school year

We commiserate with our children about this unprecedented time as a result of the Covid-19 virus. We can only imagine how the Italian writer Dante drew inspiration from gruesome realities of that Bubonic Plague, hundreds of years ago, to write The Inferno about the stages of hell. Profound teachable moments among world events overshadow fleeting frustrations of home learning... Read more »

Shelter in place work life response & reality for Covid-19 pandemic

Each person and family experiences this chaotic and uncertain shelter in place from their unique perspective. Staggering facts, about physical and mental illness, financial hardship and unemployment, take our breath away. Together, we grieve and grasp moments of joy and extra time. Thanks to my husband, nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys, sis, parents, family, friends, coworkers,... Read more »

9yo spring break poem during Covid-19 quarantine

9yo spring break poem during Covid-19 quarantine
T.S. Elliot’s poem The Waste Land described April as the cruelest month, but looked toward the light. This National Poetry Month of April, our hopeful nine-year-old refused to write about a virus. Although we talked about another spring break to Miami, it did not come to fruition. Instead, our sweet boy conjured a spring break... Read more »
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Ode to COVID-19, Coronavirus!

Ode to COVID-19, Coronavirus!
Life-threatening, enemy of socialization and economic prosperity, COVID-19. You deprive small businesses and short-term markets, you sly, mean virus that force isolation. Loyal investors prove this will pass. We practice social distance. We miss grandparents, extended family, friends, school choir and mass. We work from home as a family in coexistence. We shake off the occasional meltdown... Read more »

The best piano teachers reinforce mindfulness

Our 3rd grader started piano lessons four years ago. His lovely teacher Julia Hardin’s weekly lessons inspire mindfulness and more. She leads with the example of her own perfect posture, engaged attention and body awareness. Remarkable piano teachers help their youth improve executive functioning skills, including working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control, which support mindfulness.... Read more »

Our family & love this Valentine's Day

The New Testament opines, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always... Read more »
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New Year thoughts this 2020

New Year thoughts this 2020
The words, “Awkward, brave and kind,” that Brené Brown writes we should embrace in 2020, resonate. They evoke inspiration and aspiration to cultivate wellness with healthy habits. We work to live with intention and grace to grow with change.  It feels scary to take positive action. I felt mortified that I finished last among my friends at the... Read more »

Sweet moments this holiday season

Sweet moments this holiday season
As Maria Shriver’s weekly newsletter prays, “Dear God, thank you so much for this Christmas season and all it represents. Please let me be present in the moments I have with the people I cherish most. And to be mindful that for many this season is challenging, lonely, and complicated. May I show compassion to all... Read more »

Nine-year-old birthday boy interview

Nine-year-old birthday boy interview
When our oldest turns nine, he takes our breath away with admiration and wonder. Albeit, we still strive to be better versions of ourselves, but savor the extraordinary. Our boys loves his family and friends with all his heart. He cheers on his six girl cousins, who all play sports, and also plays ball with... Read more »
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Our season of All Souls Day inspire 3 life lessons

Our season of All Souls Day inspire 3 life lessons
2,000 years ago, Pope Gregory III named November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Other cultures honored similar traditions of the November 1 All Souls Day such as The Day of the Dead in Mexico from October 31– November 2 with altars and feasts to thank the dead. The evening before All Saints... Read more »