In these dark days filled with uncertainty and entrenched in fear, I look for hidden gems, things I may never have noticed in my self-imposed haste of day-to-day existence. Those small moments of beauty that take your breath away when you pause long enough to really see them, as humble as a tiny flower or … More Hidden Gems
These days at the beach have given me lots of time to think through things that have been rattling around in my brain for a while now, especially since my hysterectomy surgery. Perhaps it is also the ever-daunting prospect of having to wear a bathing suit in public. I wrote a bit about this in … More Beauty is in the Crinkled Eye of the Beholder: Ruminations of a Nifty-Something Year-Old Woman
The beauty of connection…twins holding hands. (From my recent trip to Tampa.) I don’t remember exactly when it began, but I made a decision at some point to look for the beauty in the world around me, no matter what. As we all have, I’ve had my share of dark times and sadness. I didn’t … More When Beauty Calls: Sharing Some Moments
I spent a very rainy post-New Year’s Day going through tons of old photos that I found while in the midst of a major clean-out of my closet. I love the symbolic gesture of clearing out things that no longer serve us at the beginning of a new year. There were photos from all parts … More On Beauty and Perception
I remember when I was young, Watching them from the sidelines with envious eyes, My clothes second hand, my grace third rate. I so wanted to be one of the pretty girls, The girls who opened doors of all kinds with a smile or a toss of silky hair and a flash of manicured nails, … More The Pretty Girls
Tomorrow I will celebrate my fifty-third spin around this planet, and as each year passes, my ideas about beauty seem to shift in tandem. I learned so much about real beauty watching my mother in the last years of her life. She approached aging with humor and dignity, and I truly think she became … More What is Beauty?
I read a wonderful and witty post on nytimes.com yesterday morning, “I’m Too Old For This” by Dominique Browning, that dealt with the freedom that comes from aging- if we let it. Her ideas resonated with me a great deal, as I think about how I hope to age and how I want to see … More Growing Wiser: The Gifts of Aging