Making Old Things New

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Well, the New Year is upon us, and with it comes a flood of expectations, dos and don’ts lists, new journals, new attitudes, and new diet trends. Sometimes keeping up with plans and organizing the calendar for the new year seems to be just as stressful as shopping and preparing for Christmas! I’ve been thinking and meditating about how I …

Being Alone Is Not the Same as Being Lonely

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“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I think it is safe to assume that everyone experiences bouts of loneliness throughout their lives. You will recognize it quickly because it is a dark, sad, pathetic, and unwanted feeling. It creeps in uninvited and takes residence for as long as we allow it to — …

Everyone Dies, So Live Now!

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For the longest time, people around the world (especially in North America) have associated death with the Grim Reaper. Typically “he” is a creepy skeletal guy donning a dark hooded cape and a scythe to reap the souls of the dying. Now, if you live in East Asia, the Grim reaper is often portrayed in media as a hotter-than-hot, Calvin …

Am I the Only One Who’s Sick and Tired of Menopause?

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The flare-ups were constant and undeniable, as well as the night sweats and the tiredness. At some point I thought menopause had arrived with a vengeance. However, after a heart attack and follow-up open heart surgery, my surgeon diagnosed me with coronary heart disease. I could have sworn it was menopause given the similarities in the symptoms, but I was …

Field Notes: And There I Was, Reminded of an Old Truth

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I hosted a handful of international exchange students at my home several years back, and from the moment I picked them up at the airport until now, we have considered each other family. Recently, I was on a book promotion trip to South Korea and my Thai student/daughter insisted I come visit her since I was so close and would …

Field Notes: A Dazzling, Grand Thing

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On my recent trip to Thailand, I visited the The Grand Palace in Bangkok. And let me tell you, to say I was impressed – and visually overwhelmed – would be an understatement! While exploring the grounds, I turned to my Thai daughter Minky and exclaimed, “Thailand is rich!” She laughed and quickly stated, “What do you mean? It is …