Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have no personal experience with domestic violence, although one time I encountered an abuse victim and knew so little about domestic violence that I didn’t recognize the signs. Years later in retrospect I realized that the child’s actions indicated he was a victim of child abuse. I had … Read more

Growing Old

I’ve lived in a senior retirement community for over a year now. Our oldest resident is over 100, and many are in their eighties and nineties. Although canes, walkers, and wheelchairs are common, a surprising number of my friends here walk unassisted—not only within the building but also around the neighborhood. Most of us have … Read more

Positive or Negative?

This afternoon, as a friend and I chatted in a sitting area of the retirement community, two other residents arrived and sat down near us. The lady started complaining about how unhappy she is. She doesn’t want to be here. She doesn’t like the food. Her apartment is too small. The cost is too much. … Read more

6 Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout: Guest Post from Mary Aspen Richardson

Blogging is one of those occupations that are hard to do well unless you genuinely enjoy them. However, what happens when the activity you were once passionate about suddenly becomes a burden and a major anxiety trigger? Even though this is what nightmares are made of for most writers, it’s vital to remember there is … Read more