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Sunny Disposition

This past week I was vacationing out West and spent several Fantastic days with my Sister and my three nephews in Los Angeles. We grew up in the area and wanted to show the kids Universal Studios and Hollywood and the beach and other fun places we went to when we were their age.

The weather was spectacular for February, even by Southern California standards. My gait became bouncier, my attitude became friendlier, my muscles felt loosey-goosey.

Both my Sister and I left California long ago, but we kept remarking how deeply familiar it felt to be back. Everything looked “so California” to us. The trees, the Freeways , the color of the sky, the light of the sun.

As we drove around, the soundtrack of our youth played on the radio, as if the pre-programmed station on the rental car knew us personally and wanted to reminisce with us.

I know this place to my core.  Oh yeah, I thought, this feels natural. I have a sunny disposition but sometimes it can get buried under the snow and hardiness of the Northeast. Read more

Whispers From the Cocoon

Dear Self,
Yes, yes I get it.  You have a hard time in Winter.  You want to lie on the couch,  yet you don’t WANT to want that and so you struggle.  Yes.  I know.

But remember that January was a time for cocooning.  It has not been entirely wasteful.  Think of all the insights you have had.  None of which actually stirred you into action, but that is the deal with cocooning, right?   We go inside and get quiet.  It takes time to grow wings.

As the light lengthens and the potential for warmth draws closer, I feel the need to remind you of a few things (things in fact, you already know). Read more