Sweet Love

 Maui, Hawaii, 2011 SWEET LOVE—the Greatest Gift of All! “You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.” Azar Nafisi (Iranian…

Accident? Give a Little Self-Love

ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!  We fall down, we get up. I did this, literally, yesterday. Today I’m still on ice pack therapy, but thankfully, okay, from a fall I took. No broken bones, but major tissue bruising. Dare I say it? On my buttocks—and it is the size of a small black and blue watermelon. I fell,…

Let’s Celebrate Moms and Momma Bears

  “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” –Lin Yutang, Chinese Writer and Professor (1895-1976) Let’s Celebrate Moms and Momma Bears! Happy Mother’s Day I’m collaborating/ghostwriting a book for a man who has lived in the isolated area of Haines, Alaska since 1961. His stories are adventures that most…

The Men in Our Lives

The Men in Our Lives Father’s Day is the the perfect time to pause for a moment and reflect on our dads, and the other important men in our lives. I know that some dad’s are living, and that some have fulfilled their time on this earth, which by the way, is never enough time…

Loss of a Loved One – It’s Undeniable

LOSS of a LOVED ONE Unexpected, Unwanted, Unbelievable … Yet Undeniable by Judy Dippel This March morning in Oregon, I woke to a light dusting of snow, along with thoughts of my friend and writing colleague, Marilyn, who lost her husband (and best friend of 40+ years) last December, at Christmastime. Obviously it was shocking;…

Paris – Boomer ‘Bucket List’ Beckons, Oui?

Baby Boomers—Your ‘Bucket List’ Beckons, Oui? Valentine’s Day (in the U.S.) passed by in ‘a beat of the heart’. Nevertheless, love, romance, and treasured moments shared with friends and loved ones are timeless—alive and well! The roses may have wilted, chocolate and cabernet sweetly savored, but listen up, there is more! There’s Paris in springtime,…

7 New Habits to Get You “Unstuck”

7 New Habits to Get You Unstuck     BE TRUE TO YOURSELF THE RESULT? A HAPPIER YOU, A HAPPIER YEAR   Create a few new habits to change old struggles or frustrations. The smallest changes can have a huge impact. Dump negative self-talk, replace it with real truth. You are good enough. You are…