Tag: aging

red poodle

Jazz’s Second Wind

Our miniature poodle, Jazz, is 13 years old. Over the past couple of years, while I’ve been distracted by my father’s illness and death, Jazz became blind. He had large milky circles on each eye, and we figured he had cataracts. We talked about whether we could afford […]

butterfly, purple flower

When It’s Time to Say Good-bye

Our pets play and sleep with us. They comfort and love us, often for many years. We are often closer to them than to many of our human friends and family because they are always there, showing their love. (For example, see Tribble’s Job.) It doesn’t matter what […]

red calf

Is THAT my Teacher?

There is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. When I was ready to move into a new phase in my life, but I wasn’t sure which direction to go, I wondered where my teacher was. Not long after, I answered an ad for […]

View from Mt. Shasta, pine, mountains

Out-growing a Point of View

Can you grow younger in your outlook while maintaining your wisdom? Would you even want to? Years ago I was in a multi-generational group that took part in a quiz to determine our outlook on the professional work world and which generation subscribed to the same beliefs. A […]

tree trunk, tree branches

We are Evergreen

The trail drew me like a siren’s song, to a rock facing a tree with a niche at the bottom. It reminded me of a fairy home. Behind it, there was a large swath of rust-colored ferns which had recently died in the cold night-time temperatures. Although it’s […]

Silky Terrier, dog with books

Putting Away Childish Things

I have four wonderful and independent children. They are intelligent and know how to make up their own minds. They are growing up, and it hurt in an unexpected way today. I guess I should explain that I have loved books ever since I could hold them. My […]