New Thoughts on “Gifts and Wrappings”

I wrote the following blog last year. Things have changed since then because of the pandemic, haven’t they? I think the basic message, though, is still a very good one. Instead of thinking of “being together” as being physically together, however, think of being together as being connected emotionally. We are still the most important …

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Living in Fear or the New Healthy Lifestyle?

In looking at the health histories of my parents, grandparents, and siblings, there have been some serious medical issues including cardiac disease, diabetes, skin cancer, colon polyps, and breast tumors. Some of these have involved multiple people. Do I live in fear of getting any of these? No. Do I try to live a healthy …

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What Would Your Ancestors Think?

In trying to deal with the stress and changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the challenges my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents faced in their lives. Reflecting on what they experienced, and survived, has helped me view the current situation in a better perspective. It has also made …

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Balancing Rights and Responsibilities

We have rights. Others have the same rights. None of us has the right to harm others or to do things that could potentially cause harm, however. We have responsibilities, to ourselves and to others. We have the responsibility to keep ourselves safe. We also have the responsibility to do what we can to keep …

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