A Shared Sister’s Whisper

A Shared Sister’s Whisper

I grew up with three sisters. There were many whispers and a few shouts. Christine arrived first. I came eighteen months later. Jill and Vanessa joined us after a one year pause and settled in within thirteen months of each other. As one of four girls in a five year span, sharing is all I…

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Cupid’s Whispers

Cupid’s Whispers

In February it is difficult to get away from the focus on couples. The best locations belong to romantic tables for two in expensive restaurants. Pampered pairs receive exceptional service. Whispers volley back and forth. Leftover Christmas wrapping paper and holiday cards are back in storage and a flood of red foil boxes of candy stock…

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Past and Future Whispers

Past and Future Whispers

Towards the end of December, humanity turns up the volume and whispers can be hard to detect.  It becomes a challenge to tune in the frequency of our inner voice. Households fill up with out-of-town relatives competing to summarize a year’s events in one loud conversation fueled by adult beverages. Shopping malls are crazy with…

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Whispers from the Ghost of Christmas Past

Whispers from the Ghost of Christmas Past

You know those familiar whispers from The Ghost of Christmas Past: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” “I’ll be home for Christmas…” “There’s no place like home for the holidays…” Stations on our car radio blast out these holiday favorites even before the Thanksgiving turkey has been carved. Prime time television stocks its…

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Thankful for What?

Thankful for What?

      November Whisper: Thankful for What? Thanksgiving is a good start to the holiday season. It is not a gift giving event so we don’t have to stress about the shopping count-down. All faiths are included in this national holiday. No extra effort is needed to deck the halls and set up inflated…

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Holiday Whispers

Holiday Whispers

Look out! Here come the four months that host the most emotionally charged holidays on the calendar. They cruelly come in succession during a time when daylight hours evaporate and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) challenges even my Pollyanna spirit. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047 The mercury on the thermometer barely gives us a wink and the full beauty of…

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A Vice-Presidential Whisper

A Vice-Presidential Whisper

Vice-President Joe Biden recently gave our nation a special whisper. I am not talking about the political announcement concerning his intention not to run for President of the United States. I am talking about his very public grief whisper. Joseph Biden is no stranger to loss. In 1972, shortly after his election to the U.S….

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York County 50plus Expo Whispers

York County 50plus Expo Whispers

If you  are in the area, I encourage you to come to the York County 50plus Expo sponsored by On-Line Publishers, Inc.http://www.onlinepub.com on Wednesday September 30th at the York Expo Center Memorial Hall-East. My friend and President of On-Line Publishers, Inc., Donna Anderson, invited me to do a stage presentation at her event. I will…

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Water Whispers

Water Whispers

I recently read about a form of eco-therapy practiced in Japan called Shinrin Yoku. Literally, this Japanese name describes the ritual of “taking in the forest atmosphere”. The passage of a few serene hours in the woods has been found to be stress reducing and soothing. Simply referred to as forest bathing, it is a conscious…

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A Whisper to Solitude

A Whisper to Solitude

Hello solitude. You scared me when I first met you. My grief insisted upon your presence. You were so quiet. So empty. I didn’t want to be your friend. I wanted you to go away and never come back. I didn’t understand your purpose. I hated the circumstances. It has been 22 years since your…

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