Happy Birthday Sheila!
Today is my sister Sheila’s birthday so for the next month we will be the same age.
How can we be the same age for a month?
We are Irish twins.
I was born in January and she was born in December of the same year. Busy parents, yes? Irish twins are defined as a pair of siblings born within 12 to 16 months of each other. When we were young children, our mother would dress us alike as though we were twins and we have lots of pictures from holidays in the same dresses and coats. … Read More
Vick’s: A Quick Home Remedy
I am fighting a cold and a cough. I thought it was a 24-hour thing but it has lasted longer than I expected. I probably caught it from someone in my office because lately there are a lot of sneezers and coughers around me.
This is not the time of the year to feel sick. I have been constantly washing my hands to prevent picking up germies but obviously this wasn’t enough. I haven’t started my Christmas shopping; I have ideas but haven’t yet gone online to find the particular gifts I have in mind. … Read More
Melissa Betrand Knights (baseball cap) with her children
After a loved one dies, we try to find ways to stay connected to them even though they are no longer physically with us.
Our memories of being with that person, or of just the person by themselves, is a strong bond that can never be broken. Sometimes we save a piece of clothing they wore or some everyday item that brings great meaning to us. Being in a particular place, smelling a scent or hearing a song can bring those strong memories back to us without any notice but sometimes that… Read More
Protect Your Property
Every woman needs to read this New York Times story right now (see link below).
Whether you are 18 or 81-years-old, single, married or widowed, every woman needs to know the financial facts about owning her own home. Don’t think that someone is going to go out of their way to explain it to you. Find out about home ownership for yourself in order to protect yourself and the biggest investment of your life — your home.
When my husband died, both of our names were on the mortgage. I was lucky but I could easily have… Read More
New York City Police Officer Helps Homeless Man
Since everything can feel exaggerated during the holidays, doing one kind act can affect change and make a difference in someone else’s life. Many times when I pass a homeless person on the street, especially if it’s a woman, I think, “There but for the grace of God go I.”
If I can, I give money or food. But the story below about the actions of a New York City police officer shows there is the opportunity to go further. So many times we read or hear about the negative side of… Read More
A Road in County Kerry, Ireland
I am comfortable with the fact that part of achieving something in life means taking a risk. I’m not talking about a risk to your personal safety or health but an action that is out of your usual routine and a little out of your comfort zone in your personal or work lives.
I think that living life means that you should take a chance on something you want to achieve. I am watching four extremely talented people in my life right now who are really putting themselves out there and working creatively as… Read More
Life In The Intersection
Laughter really and truly is the best medicine and my prescription for you on this wintery Wednesday is the following hysterical “letter” from a ficititous grandmother that was published in a community newsletter.
Traffic in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia metro area) is notoriously horrendous and after hearing the driving stories on the news and from friends who traveled by car over the Thanksgiving holiday, this story had me laughing out loud and nothing is better for dissolving stress and anxiety than a good laugh.
As a note, someone wrote this “letter” to… Read More
Finding Inner Peace During the Holiday Season
Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, the holiday season is filled with lots of conflicting memories and overwhelming expectations.
Let’s be real: There is no such thing as a perfect holiday.
There is only the holiday that you create yourself and celebrate, hopefully with people you care about and people who also care about you.
The size of the decorations, the cost of the decorations, the number of parties, the quantity of food and alcohol and the amount of presents has nothing to do with the happiness you may or may not feel… Read More