Inspiring Wisdom Today

Whenever I travel, I love to learn about the people and culture of the destination, but my favorite part is hearing the sweet stories from the locals. On my recent trip to the Northern Isles, I was blessed by an abundance of such stories. Check out...

I love it when I look back and see my life as a trajectory which makes sense, even though along the way, it felt chaotic and happenstance. I recently visited the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and one of my favorite rooms had Harmony in...

Welcome to Russia - Immigration - Our welcome to Russia was more of an anti-welcome. After just visiting Scandinavia where natural beauty and friendly faces reigned, the contrast was stark. When I went ashore in Scandinavia, I could go directly into the countries. For Russia, I needed...

I went to Norway because my mother was born there, and I wanted to learn about my heritage. I did learn about my heritage, but I learned so much more from the wisdom of Scandinavia. Here are samples from this smorgasbord of wisdom. 1. Keep the...

The first time I tried online dating, I lasted less than 24 hours. I was so overwhelmed by the matches that I cancelled. One week later, I resurrected my courage and tried again. Never one to do half measures, I signed up for three sites! Matches,...

The rabbit hole—the dark cavern of fear where I plunge when fear grips me. It’s often been my default when stress hits. This year when I got a tax bill for over $31,000, I fell right in the hole! I thought my life and dreams were...

It all started a few weeks ago. First, a student threw a toy metal car, which hit me in the right temple and gave me a sprained neck and concussion. It was heavy, so it was like being hit in the head with a brick....

On my recent cruise to the Panama Canal, I learned a lot about the canal and other countries I visited, but mostly I learned about God. After spending many days at sea, I came to see the vast and mighty ocean as a representative of...

Over a year ago, a wise mentor told me to increase the amount that I give to various organizations that I support. I felt afraid to increase, because I feared that I would not have enough money. I accepted the challenge and soon learned the...

Unity—How do we get it in our country, and how do we get it in our world filled with division? After traveling to 16 countries last year, I believe that creating unity is critical and urgent. After being in many ports of call and seeing...

Last year when I started traveling the world, my goal was to learn about other people and places. I received greater gifts, though—more compassion for others and gratitude for my own life. I've grown up in the U.S. middle class and never felt rich. Compared...

I had never been in jail until I took a Caribbean cruise. My stomach wasn’t happy with the new food and water, so by the third day of the cruise, I went to the doctor for help. I thought I would get medicine and be...

Emancipation Day! All of my Caribbean guides talked about it. They were on four different islands and did not know each other or what the others’ topics would be, but the one date they all told us was the Emancipation Day for their islands’ slaves. They...

I write because I am a writer. I get ideas in my mind and gut and have to write. If I don't, I choke and suffocate on the words. It's like breathing to me. After writing for 30 years and having small works published in journals...

Caribbean Tools for Overcoming Stress I recently spent one week in the Caribbean. I thought I would come home with photos, souvenirs, and happy memories. Instead, I came home with a more laid-back spirit and tools for slowing down and enjoying life. I first experienced the Caribbean...

People often say that they have to acknowledge the woman behind the accomplished man. As a single woman, I have no man or woman behind me. Instead, a whole tribe of people “have got my back.” Thus, recently when I spoke at the launch for my...

As someone who grew up with educator parents and who has worked as an educator for many years, I’ve learned a lot from the academic path. Now that I’m older, I learn more from life and the beauty of the land. Recently, I was in Arches...

Technology—it’s great when it works, but it’s trauma when it doesn’t! It happens to everyone. Computers, phones, tablets go awry, and the technological cosmos need to realign for things to function right. Last week, I had day after day of technology breakdowns. First, the app and...

When I wrote my DADLY Wisdom book, which celebrates wise fathers from around the world, I never knew that it would bring unexpected gifts over a year after its publication. Recently, though, I had such a gift. I met the widow of one of the book’s...

When I was child, I was fearless. I was a gymnast and never felt an ounce of fear. Even after multiple broken bones and a surgery, I was undaunted and returned to the sport as eager as ever. So what happened? Adulthood struck! I had responsibilities,...