Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

When Friends Hurt

January 22nd, 2011 in Friends, Relationships[ 7 Comments ]

What happens when a good friend hurts you?   How do you feel?  I had to deal with a situation recently where a friend was harsh (from my perspective) and frustrated with me while we worked on a project together.   I was so taken back and hurt by her comments.   This is a dear friend and yet I wanted to walk away because I didn’t know what to do with my reactions.

Life Lessons of a Funeral

March 27th, 2010 in Friends, Relationships[ 8 Comments ]

This past week I’ve spent a lot of time with family.  My brother’s wife died at 66.  Family came from Maryland and Colorado, as well as within New York. As the family gathered and shared sweet memories of her life, I realized that I’ve neglected to envision how I wanted to be remembered when I die.
Most of us are busy with work, family and all of the daily chores that seem to grab our time leaving us with little room in our day to reflect on our lives.   For me this funeral stopped me in my tracks.  This person was alive a week ago and is no longer with us.   She told her silly jokes and hugged her grandchildren and today she can no longer offer this love.

Closing One Year, Opening Another

December 27th, 2009 in Family, Friends, Health, Relationships[ No Comments ]


It’s hard to believe another year is closing.  Don’t you find that time seems to be moving by more quickly.

I do love to look back and see how the year evolved.   Did I do what I wanted, what did I miss and what surprises surface that I didn’t anticipate? This is the time I go back, start from Jan 1st, and review my date book.    It’s fun to step through the year.

Life Changes Quickly

July 27th, 2009 in Friends, Personal Growth[ 10 Comments ]

I’m coasting along my path in life, minding my own business (well not exactly) when a significant change comes into my world.  Have you had this experience?   One day you have one reality and the next day it changes.

I have a close friend, the type where you hang out with and talk about everything and nothing in particular and I am comfortable to be me.  She has a wonderful smile, cute sense of humor and is a great problem solver.   We have shared children, boyfriends, other friends, and business together and have formed a deep relationship built from all the layers of every day life and being there for each other the last 24 years.  I trust and treasure our friendship.

Do You Know How to Play Hooky?

April 26th, 2009 in Entertainment, Friends, Personal Growth[ 4 Comments ]


When I was young, playing hooky was fun…as long as we weren’t caught.  Well, today I want to be caught doing just that…as often as possible.   Playing hooky means I’m stepping out of the normal routine and doing something different.   Just thinking about it makes me smile.

My last sojourn into stepping out of the routine was last Friday.   I normally work a full day with one of my clients in New York City.    While I wasn’t spontaneous with my hooky antics, I did plan for an afternoon play date with my friend.

What Have I Learned From The Holidays

December 28th, 2008 in Family, Friends, Relationships[ 1 Comment ]

It’s been a busy holiday season for me.    On Tuesday night, I hosted the Hanukkah Hush Hush (our version of Secret Santa) for the family.   In the past, we did this gathering at the end of January or beginning of February, but this year four members of the family are further away and are now home for the holidays.  My daughter and husband are in North Carolina and my niece and husband are living in Ithaca, NY.   We now have a new member of our tribe…Valor, my niece’s son.

Listening To Our Friends

August 11th, 2008 in Friends[ No Comments ]

I’ve spent the second half of my life in two separate NYC area homes.  Because I was no longer moving around, I’ve managed to include several good people in my life.   My friendships cover the span of 30 years to the most recent of 4 years.   

We have sat over many cups of coffee and tea, and, of course, glasses of wine, and shared desserts.    All those hours together we spoke about nothing to deep concerns or issues that plagued our well-being.  That’s what you do when you build a friendship.

Girly Girl Talk

August 3rd, 2008 in Friends[ No Comments ]

Today is my birthday! I do love to celebrate birthdays – whether it’s family, friends or mine. Are there any other August 3rd birthdays out there? I wish you a special day…indulge and take good care of yourself.

Yesterday, my friend Karen took me out for our traditional ‘birthday lunch.’ We always make sure we stop long enough to celebrate our friendship and be grateful that we have each other in our lives.