Life 101: Joy is to be achieved, not stumbled upon

Will anyone ever feel like they’re caught up; even on top of things? Over and over, I hear people (especially mothers) saying how overwhelmed they are, how they feel like they are running a losing race. I get this. I feel this. I’ve even gone so far as to try to eliminate the word “overwhelmed” from my vocabulary, because it …

Circus different, joy the same

As a child, a trip to the circus was marked by smells and colours, sights and sounds. This past week, I took my kids to their second Cirque du Soleil show, Dralion, and I can’t help but reflect on the differences and similarities in the experiences. The most remarkable part of my first circus experience was entering the big top …

Abracadabra: cherish life’s moments of enchantment

The holidays always remind me of the importance and power of magic. Oh to be happily enchanted like a child over the holidays. As the Easter Bunny hopped through our house, it left not only a bunch of hidden chocolate eggs, but it left smiles on my children’s faces. Some of that glow and wonder spread to all the adults …

In our mourning and grief we both lose and gain

This past week I find myself mourning three people I didn’t know: one child, one columnist, one professor. Two are from our community, one is not. Regarding the child, I wrote once before about the loss of a child, a tragic burden to their family and our community, because with that child’s life goes all the hopes and dreams everyone …

Joy and passion in your work will bring satisfaction

Do you love your job? Do you get up every morning excited to get started? If you are like me, and you love what you do from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m., you don’t need to use the four-letter word — work — when you are heading out the door. Donald Cooper — a man whose family name …