2020, the first year of the Great Disruption. It had been 100 years since our last pandemic. We were due for another one and Covid-19 obliged us. Most everyone suffered. Millions died. The world was turned upside down. All the things that brought us joy were no longer allowed: No hugs or kisses. No parties. … Continue reading The Great Disruption or the Great Awakening?
My hubby Rick turned 65 in October and I thought such an important milestone deserved a special occasion so I suggested we go on a Royal Caribbean cruise on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. He readily agreed. It was a week long cruise that started and ended in Venice, Italy. Venice is a magical place, … Continue reading A Royal Caribbean Cruise on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas
“Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.” --Mahatma Gandhi GI Joes complete with tent and Jeep Sometimes our intuition or inner voice guides us to do the right thing after doing many wrong things. This is what happened to me back when I was a ten-year-old tomboy. My closest sibling … Continue reading Lesson 10: Let Your Intuition Guide You
“Behind every appearance of diversity there is an interdependent unity of all things.” —George de Benneville. Are you interested in genealogy? If so, dear reader, I have an amazing story to tell you that might seem unbelievable. But it’s true and it affirms the adage that we are all connected. Once there were two sisters, … Continue reading Lesson Nine: Explore your roots to understand who you are
“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” – Chief Seattle Baby birds sitting in the nest on top of palm leaf The other day, I got to … Continue reading Lesson Eight: We are all connected
I went on a 13 kilometer hike with members of the Costa Blanca U3A (University of the Third Age) this weekend to Sierra del Ferriol, near Elche, in southeastern Spain. Up on the top of one of the mountains in this region are sculptures by Mariano Ros Martinez, a Spanish goat-herder turned artist. He died … Continue reading The Beauty of Spain
“Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.” Dean Jackson, author of The Poetry of Oneness: Illuminating Awareness of the True Self. Have you ever noticed that most people aren’t very good listeners? Typically, when I am at a party or other social gathering, the people I meet … Continue reading Lesson Seven: Be a Good Listener
"Life should be a daring adventure or nothing at all. ---Helen Keller Spanish seafood paella My hubby and I both like warm, sunny weather so we decided to retire to Spain. Even though this is commonly done among British and Irish people, it’s not so common among Americans. The Spanish government makes it hard to … Continue reading Lesson Four: Life should be a daring adventure