When life narrows down to a small window…



Our silver necklace to celebrate Single Working Women’s Week

Found out a few days ago I’m in for another open-heart surgery. My trusty 13-year-old cow valve has calcified so much it’s almost closed. No wonder I haven’t been able to walk down the street without gasping for breath!

Makes you think. When you’re told you’re heading for a life-saving/life-threatening operation, you have to start weighing priorities. So many tasks and dreams to postpone…

Thank heavens for my loving family members who are clearing their schedules to be with me – even though the hospital rules aren’t allowing anyone to come back into the prep room! Glad they’re being proactive about the virus, but it sure sucks not to have my loved ones back there with me. But positive thoughts anyway!

Hoping to get at least a small version of my memoir/cookbook – working title 27 Ways to Eat Your Way to Happiness: Recipes and Kitchen Stories from a Single Working Woman – done before the date. Thank God it’s spring. Now hoping the building will turn on the central A/C early with this 80-degree weather in early May!

Let your light shine!


My dear friend Linda shared this with me today. A good thing for all of us to ponder:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson

Have you ever heard that before–“fear of success”? It’s a hard thing to stand out. Often when others do not feel strong, they want to knock down those who do. You do, in fact, risk becoming a target when you step out of the shadows. That vulnerability can frighten us away from manifesting our best selves. How do we overcome it? The first step–and one you may have to practice repeatedly–is to simply tell yourself “Stop it!” and substitute positive thoughts for negative self talk.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out this great About.com site full of quotations from Marianne Williamson and lots of other women.