Category Family

Easing Our Way Out of this World

We don’t want to talk or think about it. It’s rarely pretty. Some fear what happens afterwards, and we’d rather cling to what we do know, even if it’s not all that great. Death scares most of us, partly due to the fact that those of us who witness loved ones dying often see them […]

Land of the Free?

Please tell me, is this the kind of world you want to live in? Are you proud to leave our country in its present condition to the next generation—our children, grandchildren—any child? Perhaps your perception of the world is different than mine, but I see disrespect for the environment, wildlife, and humanity. I see inequity, […]

I Am

“Memory is essential to our well-being, but why do we forget so much as we grow older? For some, it is a challenge to recall all but the most significant events and details. And even the events that once defined us fade away. In later stages of Alzheimer’s, many do not even know their own […]

Epitome of a Mentoring Hero

“Is this the famous author, Mary K. Doyle,” my friend, Herb (Herbert Sohn, M.D.), would lovingly ask every time he called me? Herb made me feel important, special. But I knew that I wasn’t the only one. He spoke with everyone like that. Herb was the epitome of a mentoring hero. He knew where people […]

How Do You Pray?

Spirituality has definitely changed over the last few decades, but no doubt, people still do pray. Most know that there is something bigger than us, and especially in dire times, we call on that higher power to come to our rescue. Although how we pray and to whom or what our prayers are directed differs […]

Walking Toward Answers

“Walking a labyrinth is a meditative and healing experience that helps relieve stress, at least temporarily, by quieting the mind. Like a voyage to the center of our being, walkers claim that it promotes a sense of peace, compassion, and understanding. The special walk offers a period of repose, a peaceful break from life’s challenges. […]

Is Love Enough?

The Beetles sang, “All You Need is Love.” But how true is that? Is love really enough? Is it the only thing you need in a successful relationship? From one past experience, I’d say, “No.” Many decades ago—yep, I’m old enough to look back many, many moons—I was in a relationship where my partner and […]

Marian Devotion through Art

“Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Francesco Botticini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt, and Salvador Dali. The world’s greatest fine artists, along with thousands who are lesser known, felt the need to reveal their vision of the Virgin Mary through art. Whether painted with oil on canvas or carved in marble, more artwork has been created of Mary […]

The Other Side of Mourning

It’s an unusual kind of mourning. Friends who lost a loved-one to dementia before me told me that the mourning period after death would be different than typically occurs. It isn’t as if our loved one suddenly died in an accident or suffered from a physical illness where we could still speak with them until […]

Life Goes On

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”  Robert Frost Poet Robert Frost contemplated the complexity, and yet, the simplicity, of life in the profound quote above. No matter what happens, he surmised, we continue moving through life. I see a parallel between this quote and my favorite […]