September is a tough month in Rockaway. Marking the end of our blissful summer and multiple celebrations, the anniversary of 9/11, and then moving on to the “natural” event that uprooted us in October 2012. All of a sudden, we feel tough inside and bracing for whatever the future holds. 

What seems imperative to me is to keep my perspective: where I am at this moment in time. What do I see? What do I feel? What do I smell? What do I taste?  What do I hear?  There is so much we cannot control, so much we cannot foresee, so much we cannot change.  What we must do is to have a secure foundation-place so that we can deal with whatever comes our way. To maintain a perspective – an outlook, a frame of mind –  that sustains us in times of

The book, The Four Agreements, was highly recommended by a teacher to one of my children.  She said if there is one book to read about how to live your life, I would choose this. So recently I purchased the book to read it for myself. It was not only a great book, I was impressed and thankful that the teacher had recommended this wonderful guide to living a good life. I am going to share them with you because I think we could all use these simple reminders in life to be happy and healthy.


It’s time to say goodbye and set you free to live your beautiful life. We have loved and supported you throughout your childhood, but it is time for you to soar high and leave the sheltered nest. Your home has been your safe haven, providing you with everything you need, but now is the time for you to use your wings and fly away. You are so ready for the world to meet you. Don’t let fear get in the way. We love you with our hearts and still will continue to be your support team, but you must

Summer always seems to come upon us quickly and before you know it, Fourth of July is here.  The beginning of the summer is busy:  making plans for all sorts of activities, celebrations, reunions, get-togethers.  That has all been done!  Now is the time to rest. When I first started dealing with Italy for business and then visiting, on holiday, I loved the fact that everything closed in August!  It is changing now, but one whole month was devoted to rest, relaxation and holiday. I think it is

When you lose everything like so many in Texas did recently, it doesn’t matter what you had – it’s gone.  So much of a reminder for many in our community.  When we recall those dreadful days, it is amazing that everyone I talk to at least chooses to share the memories of the help and the kindness and the selfless acts and the support and the aid. 

In times of dire need, it seems that people feel like one human family with all brothers and sisters aboard the same boat going to the same

I want to preface this article by saying that I am certainly not an expert on the topic of “grief” but I do have some thoughts that I would like to share on that subject. I can assure you that this is not going to be a depressing article about death. Dealing with death and dying and its after effect of grief are a fact of life and for me it helps to talk about it, laugh about it, cry about it and apparently write about it. After recently losing three people dear to me within six weeks starting

“Thank you for every beautiful day of the week and the hellish days, too. Thank you for chaos, so that we may know disorganization as a friend and motivator and find peace there. Thank you for urging us to create time for sitting in it. Help us to breathe in the unknown and breathe out peace with what will come.” - Pixie Lighthorse.

As we embark on a new school year, new beginnings, and the fear that comes with changes, I urge you to sit quietly and contemplate your goals and intentions in the

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