My three sons

Dressing my three preschool sons alike seemed sensible at the time. It made clothes shopping easier, for one, and because they were brothers with similar builds and compl …  »

God’s imprint on me

Lately, when I have gone to the bank I’ve noticed that I now only have to show some identification and then put my right thumb on a biometric reader. This effortless acti …  »

A new lease on life

“That’s not fair” must have been my three most-used words when growing up. It seemed that someone—or everyone—always had it better than me. By my early teens I had a well …  »

Feeling beautiful

I looked at the mirrored wall at the gym as I moved through the tai chi motions and had the most surprising thought. I never knew I was so beautiful. Let me explain. I ma …  »

A question of perspective

I read a post by Rabbi Evan Moffic the other day that made a lot of sense to me. Here’s the last paragraph: “Life,” philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said, “is lived for …  »

The difference faith makes

My father had profound mental health issues which caused him, my mother, and us seven siblings much grief. I had a very unhappy childhood. When I was two years old, I was …  »

Abundance or excess

When I was 19, my then-boyfriend told me that his mother, on a recent business trip, had been in a restaurant where people paid $50 for lunch—which would be three times t …  »

This day

Who would have thought that I’d be writing an article on the topic of happiness and satisfaction after everything that we have been through this year due to the COVID-19 …  »

Solving life’s puzzle

For as long as I can remember, I never liked doing puzzles. Viewing thousands of sky-blue, nearly-identical little pieces scattered over a wooden table was enough to make …  »

Growing through failure

It was the end of another long workday. In my first semester as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, each day brought dozens of new challenges, which I failed t …  »

Stunted growth

When I was a kid, I saw plenty of goldfish in the houses of my friends, and I remember wondering why so many people would want to keep such small, unexciting creatures as …  »

Stress busters

Thousands of pages have been written about the subject of stress, so I wonder if there’s really anything new I could possibly say to help someone who is struggling with i …  »