Archive for June, 2014


Twenty-five years ago, when the kids were still at home and I was single-mindedly focused on money and career and being a single parent, I let my stress-filled state define and motivate me. Now, with just as much ambition as I ever had, I rarely use adrenaline as an energy source. And I don’t sweat the small stuff the way I used to when it appeared everything was big stuff. Ditching the constant striving has Read More

The beauty of fleeting beauty

I’ve just returned from the 17th North American Regional Conference of Ikebana International in Asheville, NC. I was thrilled to see so many people who’d come from all over the world—Asia, Europe, Hawaii, and all regions of the US—to participate. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. I first got interested in it in my 40s when I was juggling single parenthood with the all-consuming process of leaving a safe (but stultifying) corporate job Read More

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