Category: Artistry of Aging

DAY 23: Bare Limb Wild Dance

“Having spent most of my life with palm trees in Southern California or evergreens of some sort in Northern California the bare limb Winter hardwoods of Western N. Carolina are bewitching me. Have you ever just taken a walk to be with nature in such a way that you became part of the wild dance?”

DAY 21: Spontaneous Laughter and Kindness

“The holidays can be a slippery slope. As we honor Winter Solstice today, the darkest day of the year, we are aware that it also marks crossing over the threshold to a very gradual return to more light each day.Starting the day with candles lit watching the sunrise over the mountains I was suddenly awash with emotions…..”

DAY 19: Wild Divinity

“When “home” resides in the wild divinity of the heart, nestled in the embrace of the natural world, each moment you are aware of serves as an awakening to life. Never separate. Always a part of the whole. The beauty, power and grounding of nature serving as guidance. Whispered into heart, body, mind and soul as a reminder to build inner resilience, acceptance and trust.”

DAY 18: Joy of Food: Overcoming the Odds

“As I watched each segment telling stories of people who have not only overcome immense odds, but in addition turned them into lifelong service to their communities with devotion, resilience and generosity of spirit, I couldn’t help but smile. This is what we should see on the daily news and in our social media for it is abundantly happening all over the world.”

DAY 17: I Was Created For Joy…

“Many of us are finding it extremely challenging to keep on with our lives amidst the constant barrage of virus updates, global warming weather disasters and political unrest. Our busy minds and heavy hearts take us away from why we are here. So I ask today where do we wish to place our attention? “

DAY 15: A Shift In Perspective

“Our perspective toward life can be our final and ultimate freedom – a way of looking at life in a more operational way versus a defining way. This perspective is often based on limited self-interest and self- awareness – but when we open up our lens to a wide angle view more possibilities reveal themselves.”

DAY 14: Awaken

“A miracle happened: another day of life.” Paulo Coelho

DAY 13: Uber Elders

“As we increasingly rely on technology to problem solve, conceptual designer Barbara Beskind is a testament to the power of personal input. Using her experience as an occupational therapist, Barbara, then aged eighty-nine, instigated the role of advisor for aging-related projects for the international design firm, IDEO. Inventive, practical, playful and always human-centered, Barbara and her can-do spirit set the stage for an exploration of design values that honor, respect and expand our understanding of ourselves and others.”

DAY 11: Simple Human Kindness

“These are all simple events that happened in moments in time during a very short walk. Reminding me that there is always opportunity for simple human kindness and connection – giving or receiving – no matter where we are or what we are engaged in…….or even how we are feeling in any given moment. A matter of where we choose to place our attention?”

DAY 9: Sweet Surrender

“Who doesn’t like chocolate? Well, I know you are out there, but I am not one of you! I am taking a bit of a writing break today and instead sharing with you the joy of dark chocolate….and not by itself mind you, but paired with pomegranate. The perfect, and very simple to make, complete and absolute joy for chocolate lovers everywhere.”