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The Walton Family Cookbook by Sylvia Resnick

The Walton Family Cookbook by Sylvia Resnick

If you like to cook, you’ll enjoy working your way through my friend Sylvia Resnick’s little cookbook. The recipes are not exactly Walton Family fare but rather Hollywood fare of the Walton era. Interspersed with behind the scenes cast stories and reflections, Sylvia presents a unique take on this old TV series. Sylvia and I met online through a mutual acquaintance close to ten years ago. We were both looking to connect with other writers and women over fifty who were just starting to come on the social media scene. From the very beginning of our friendship I delighted in hearing of Sylvia’s adventures in Hollywood that date back to the mid-60’s, when as a Hollywood writer her articles and interviews appeared in such...
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Living with Scarcity in a World of Abundance

Living with Scarcity in a World of Abundance

This morning as I look out my window, I am drawn to the awakening blue sky and the rays of the sun that wash over the lush green foliage along my driveway. It’s hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks the landscape will look quite different. In late August and early September we find, fast growing greenery such as wild morning glories and other late summer vines (and weeds) growing with such speed one can almost see them growing. It’s as if they see the end in sight and know it’s time to hurry. I feel much like the morning glories some days. It’s time to hurry up and do what it is I’m supposed to do in this life. I’ve grown weary of earthly...
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The Willingness to Face Our Pain

The Willingness to Face Our Pain

  “Retreating into yourself to find purpose can be like straddling a dock and a boat that is moving away. We are pulled in opposite directions by the intense desire of the mind for human involvement and the equally intense need of the soul for its own company. In the sheer immensity of solitude, when one can no longer draw energy from external sources, we come to see how much of what we habitually call being productive is merely the evasion of sitting still and meeting what is most difficult for us to receive with compassion — our own pain.” Dawna Markova  from her book I Will Not Live An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Passion and Purpose    Sitting on the edge of freedom, unable to...
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Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Leaving the Hall Light On  A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide is the powerful, heart wrenching story of one women’s journey through 17 years of heartbreak and struggle. It is a story of strength and courage, creative genius and despair. Madeline shares her confusion and anger, her hope and disappointment as she recounts the events that led to her son’s ultimate suicide, and along the way the reader has an up close and personal introduction to this debilitating disease and its affect on a family. I came away from this book with a new depth of understanding and compassion for all who are and have been touched by serious mental illness. It’s message has lingered long after the initial reading. It will...
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Room for Silence

Room for Silence

Spending time in silence each day has become an essential part of my life in recent years. As a young person I valued the idea and practice of quiet meditation, though I was seldom able to do so in...
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Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh May I be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. May I be free from injury.  May I live in safety. May I be free from disturbance, fear, anxiety and worry....
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Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Until recent years, our western culture has been driven by thought processes that are nearly the antithesis of the practice of mindfulness.  Our generation, in particular, was taught at a very early age to think ahead, to plan, to...
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Quotable Musicians

Quotable Musicians

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – \ Madonna   ♦ ♦ ♦ “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your...
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The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

As I was driving home a few hours ago from an early morning appointment, I encountered an interesting sight. In the past when I traveled to this destination I took the highway, about thirty minutes each way. In recent...
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Books Worth Reading

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Living with Mental Illness and Surviving Suicide – One Mother’s Story

Leaving the Hall Light On  A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide is the powerful, heart wrenching story of one women’s journey through 17 years of heartbreak and struggle. It is a story of strength and courage, creative genius and despair. Madeline shares her confusion and anger, her hope and...

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

  I was swept away by this poem, posted on a blog I follow called Soul Gatherings. I, like Theresa, have a love of quotes and words strung beautifully together such as Dawna Markova’s poem. For me, words at their best create a symbolic tapestry that calls to our heart, tugs on our spirit and puts voice...

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about a special gift for the fathers in your life. My husband and I both loved the these two books. Light, but thought provoking, they are perfect summer reading for the midlife male. Summer Reads for Boomer Men LIFE AT 12...

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