Love is Real: The Blog

Chauffeuring a Grandchild Brings Benefits and Blessings

Preparing to Pick up a Grandchild When my daughter was about seven years old, in those days long before seat-belts and the mandate to put kids in the back seat of the car, I wrote my first story.  “God is alive and well and riding in the passenger seat” detailed the magic that happened in our relationship when driving from here to there, wherever “there” happened to be. Life was simpler then.  The seemingly endless after-school and evening activities [...]

October 25th, 2016|Aspects of Loving, Being a Grandparent, Caregiving|

You CAN Marry the Right Person; It’s NOT a Mystery!

When I read the New York Time’s “Modern Love” column this morning, “Mysteries of the Heart, Unsolved,” written by Ann Hood, I was reminded of Alain de Botton’s opinion piece in the New York Times “Sunday Review” on May 28, 2016 and my rejoinder: Why You Can Marry the Right Person! Alain de Botton wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times “Sunday Review” on May 28, 2016, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person. The article sparked a slew of letters in response. Because I am convinced that [...]

October 18th, 2016|Marriage|

A Libra Granddaughter Creates Harmony in a Wardrobe Rescue

She was born under the sign of Libra.  From her earliest days, she was pedestrian-stopping beautiful, alert and engaged with the world around her. She showed a preference for balance and simplicity in toys, textures, tones. Her future interest in creating combinations that brought pleasure to the eye, the palate, kinesthetic senses could be predicted by her tea-parties with dolls and imaginary playmates, her earliest cookie-decorating, her natural love of dance. The latter went beyond leotards, although those also offered [...]

October 11th, 2016|Art, Children, Inspiration|

Midlife Discovery of a Meticulous Dentist

I met Mark when my children were young, after he joined the dental practice of my uncle who treated adults (me among them). Although he, too, cared for adults, Mark specialized in work with children at that time.  My kids must have been among the first patients in his new office. The years passed and eventually my uncle retired. When Mark began working on my teeth, I appreciated his dedication to his art, a passion for precision and perfection that [...]

September 30th, 2016|Art, Beauty, Transformation|

Women Tend and Befriend, Witness the Bonobos

A sense of sisterhood runs deep.  In a recent article in the New York Times, Natalie Angier reported on female bonding in bonobos.  She described a species equal to chimpanzees in biological closeness to humans and intelligence, but radically different in social organization and mores. Bonobos are matriarchal instead of male-dominated, cooperative rather than competitive. They nurture their young rather than murder them, and they are quick to help or protect one another when need arises.  They share, rather than fight [...]

September 17th, 2016|Close Relationships, Psychology, Well-Being|

Military Rituals Honor a Life Well Lived

The funeral was short, meaningful, perhaps a quarter hour of memories and prayers.  A daughter had organized a slide show of his life, in chapters.  Childhood.  Marriage, a union that had lasted more than sixty years.  Military service.  Children.  Work.  Grandchildren.  Travel. Adventure. The sanctuary was crowded.  He had touched many lives and we wanted to say goodbye.  To pay tribute as his soul moved on. Presenting the American Flag My husband and I had not been close [...]

September 5th, 2016|Character, Loss, Marriage|

Loving the Little Girl Inside Me

French T-Shirt We took a ridiculously long time to get to know, respect and honor each other.  For years, I pushed her aside, unconsciously trying to silence her with bribes of ice cream, candy, and other high calorie sleep-inducing treats.  Sometimes I gave her chocolate when she needed enough energy to get something done. I refused to consider her worthy of legitimate claims on my attention and energy. Once the adult in me earned enough money to [...]

August 29th, 2016|Children, Development, Self-Love|

He Risked His Life to Prevent a Jump Off a Bridge

         A  recent local news release brought the story of Nicholas Doddo, a college student, who risked his own life to save that of another young man whom he had never seen before.  Sitting in Friday evening traffic on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Mr. Doddo had suddenly realized that someone was racing headlong to the barrier with the intent of jumping over it to his inevitable death.  Mr. Doddo’s instincts led him to leave his car, cross traffic lanes in [...]

August 15th, 2016|Aspects of Loving, Character, Psychology|
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