Moving, packing and unpacking are what I consider to be three of the most unpleasant experiences in life. I have had the misfortune of doing so 15 times in my lifetime and the older I get the more cumbersome it becomes. The emotional roller coaster that a relocation puts a family through is comparable only
When my soul sisters and I decide to indulge in some major girl time, this means an overnight stay somewhere, a lot of food, the music of our youth (hello 80s!) and the inevitable trip down memory lane. The older we get, the fewer such “play dates” become, but we unanimously admit that we need them
Two years ago I found a poem by Catherine Pulsifer, originally published in 2009. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Allow Yourself Allow yourself to dream, And when you do dream big Allow yourself to learn And when you do learn all you can Allow yourself to laugh And when you do share your
My mother turned 82 three days ago and it was a beautiful day with so many reasons to celebrate and be grateful for. When I went down in the morning, the sight that greeted me was one that endeared her even more to me. There she was, all bright and cheerful, standing in the kitchen
To say that my cat Champagne has made herself at home here in Manila is quite the understatement. Now that her catwalk is fully built and installed in the apartment, she finds no need to spend her days with my mother in the downstairs (larger) apartment. The catwalk is built all around the entire apartment perimeter
Much as I like to be considered a modern, open-minded and adventurous woman, there are time when my age begins to show and I have difficulty keeping up with my daughter or younger colleagues who are much more tech-savvy. One such area is the lingo that the fb-tumbler-twitter-snapchat-instagram-generation flings around. There was a time (i.e.
Here is the perfect recipe for disaster: Mix vigorously together in any strong and stable female : 1 bowl of menopause 1 portion of long-distance parenting 1 box of Empty Nest *note that these are single applications only, so handle with care! There are no second chances! Add at leisure: 2 fistfuls of medical concerns, Several heaping tablespoons of psycho-emotional
If there is one thing that really ticks me off is when I am stopped in the middle of work or a creative flow. I resent the interruption almost as much as narrow-minded restrictions and framework conditions. Moving to a new country, or simply moving to a new home, has its many pitfalls, one of
Friends who have walked this path ahead of me warned of the emptiness and sense of loss, but also of the joys of rediscovering life
As I handed over my boarding card the red alarm went off and started beeping loudly, but believe me, it was nowhere near as loud as the pounding of my heart.