Mom the Christmas Tree

She was like a Christmas tree ~ tall and full and smothered from top to bottom with lights and decorations, each one a symbol of who she was. Mom the master gardener. Mom the splendid cook. Mom the mother of six. Mom who traveled from Iran through India to escape the...

A Case for Suicide

Several years ago I began wondering if my generation would experience an unprecedented rise in suicides. My logic was, and still is, that some boomers who lived life large and saved little will simply check out when they realize the party is over and they have before...

The Brushstrokes of Our Lives

A man on a beach. Children playing. A country at war. Brushstrokes in a painting that has something to teach us. It is the late 1960’s. The US is embroiled in the Viet Nam war. Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh is walking on a beach in Sri Lanka when he...