Columns

Finding special surprises along the way

On the Trail

It’s often said that it’s the little things in life that matter, and living in the age of a big pandemic, it’s a comfort to appreciate those things. I discovered this while visiting my old neighborhood, Westlake Hills in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks. What could be more fun than spotting an elephant sitting in a front yard in […]

Authors, aging experts share life lessons

Other Side of 50

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the book “Live Smart After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times” that I co-edited and co-authored with 32 other experts in the field of aging. It was a passion project for a few members of the Life Planning Network, a national organization of individuals working with and writing about […]

Shedding off the old burial cloths for new Easter garments

Roots of Faith

It’s the detail in Bible stories that make them fascinating and describe great truths. On Sunday morning, Peter and the beloved disciple ran to Jesus’ tomb. “Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The […]

Taking a spring stroll renews the spirit, brings hope

On the Trail

In autumn, folks flock to see the fall foliage display, an array of intensely vivid colors that flare gloriously for weeks then drop to the ground, leaving bare, empty, spidery silhouettes. It’s kind of surprising that now that it’s spring, as deciduous trees begin to re-foliate, we don’t similarly celebrate with fanfare, tours and snapshots. We can see all those […]

Technology gap adds to seniors’ COVID stress

Other Side of 50

Early on, when COVID vaccine appointments first became available for seniors age 75-plus, the online application asked the user to select their insurance. Most seniors have Medicare and selected that option. Next, they were instructed to upload a copy of their Medicare card. Calls were coming in to Senior Concerns, “I am trying to make an appointment for a vaccine, […]

Answering the question ‘What would Jesus do?’

Roots of Faith

To answer the question “What would Jesus do?” one must first examine what he did. The phrase is from the 1896 novel “In His Steps” by Baptist preacher Charles Sheldon, who wrote the chapters as a sermon series for his church. The phrase reappeared in the 1990s in the form of its initials, WWJD, inscribed on bracelets for young people. […]

Drawing closer to God through solitude

Roots of Faith

Simon and Garfunkel sang about “The Sound of Silence,” but silence is not something we want or seek. Solitude frightens us. Alone, we have no distractions to take our minds off our feelings, fears and frustrations. We’re afraid God might ask us to do something we don’t want to do or to love someone we dislike. Considering the imposed isolation […]

Sacrifices for greater good during pandemic

Other Side of 50

The novel “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng keeps swirling in my mind these days because one of its basic themes is the conflict between rule followers and rule breakers that we see playing out in America today. The story features two main characters, both women. Elena has followed the rules her entire life and, as a result, has built […]

Chronic stress in pandemic, no kidding

Other Side of 50

I’m not sure anyone could have predicted what the beginning of 2021 would look like, particularly as we ushered out 2020 believing it was one of the most challenging years on record. And now, as our new year begins, we are seeing an unprecedented surge in COVID deaths, stoking our fears of an elderly loved one contracting the virus. We […]


Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.