It’s my belief that teaching the art of oral storytelling is an investment in the futures of our children and grandchildren. It gives them a basic training in sequencing events, and organizing thoughts and experiences into chunks; an invaluable skill to have at any age. And it teaches them how to listen and be heard; a basic ability so many adults have never mastered…
Have you held a baby lately? I recently held little Ezra, a 10-month-old who had recently learned how to do a high five. Once he got the hang of it, he did over and over. How juicy and delicious.
In today’s complex world, the phenomenon of grandparents raising grandchildren has become increasingly common. Some grandparents find themselves taking on the role full time, after the tragic loss of one of their adult children. Others agree to look after their grandkids temporarily, while their own adult children are out of the country or going through a difficult situation.
In December, 2015, 195 nations approved an historic climate agreement. Louis Psihoyos, one of the speakers at the summit, suggested that we “Boomers” have changed the planet forever. Now, we need to decide how to respond.
If Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, why are we all so stressed, anxious and miserable? Why does so much unpleasant stuff come up during the Christmas holidays? Have you ever noticed how many deaths occur in December? How many people get sick? How many people are divorcing? Fighting? Separating? Angry? Pissed off?
The holidays are filled with predicable patterns that give meaning to the season. There is something comforting about doing the same thing year after year; it gives a sense of consistency and ritual.
Christmas can be a time of conflicting emotions. Some people have deep personal associations with the holidays that are just too painful to release – so they reject the holidays all together. Others embrace all the festivities of the season, from bright holiday lights to Christmas trees and New Year parties.
One of the most popular holiday traditions is decorating the Christmas tree. For many families, turning on of the tree lights is a sign that the holiday season has begun.
If you do an Internet search for 40th wedding anniversary gifts, you will find hundreds of pages that tell you pretty much the same thing. The traditional 40th anniversary gift is “ruby.” If you want a cheaper option, go for something red – red candles, red glasses or red cards.