Lessons From A Sitcom Star

When I read the obituary for Mary Tyler Moore, I was inspired to revisit her early TV shows. She was delightful as Laura Petrie, the wife of Dick Van Dyke. Unlike earlier "housewives" like June Cleaver and Donna Read, she had a real partnership with her husband. Even though she had been a dancer and now stayed at home with their son, she wasn't wearing dresses and frilly aprons or being taken lightly. In fact, she wore capris and gave back as good as she got when they were bantering. Rob (Van Dyke's screen name) truly seemed to value her thoughts and opinions and there was a lot of love between them. Four years after that sitcom ended, the Mary Tyler Moore show first aired in 1970. This was

Weird Assets

Have you ever tried to "fit in"? A lot of us encounter this in high school. I remember ironing my hair or rolling it on big, orange juice cans to straighten it because I wanted to look like Kathy So-and-so (not her real name) who looked a lot like a blonde Cher. I liked liverwurst sandwiches, so I often ate alone in the cafeteria so that no one would notice my unconventional choice for lunch. I loved school -- that wasn't too unusual. Our public school was known for it's wonderful teachers and programs and there were generous budgets for education back then (in the "good old days"). However, I really loved school and I wanted more -- that wasn't shared by all. In the end, all the things that

Wishing or Celebrating?

This week's Pleasure Peek (meant to inspire you to think about finding more pleasure in your life, as always) was a question from Zig Ziglar, an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. "Will you look back on life and say, 'I wish I had or I'm glad I did!' ??" My comment was, "No more wishing!" I'm curious what kind of reaction you had just reading those options ... ? How did "I wish I had" make you feel? Just seeing those four words leaves me with a sinking feeling. It implies that I thought about something, possibly longed for it, and yet, I didn't act on it. What happens when we don't follow our heart, soul or gut? We let ourselves down, yet, how far would we go to not let som

Be The Change

I have three, fabulous, grown children, two boys and a girl. All three were born over the course of 4 years, 1980, 1983 & 1984. My daughter lives on the west coast and my sons are both in the Boston area. I love them fiercely and with all my heart. Right now I have a good relationship with them, but it wasn't always that way. I struggled in my marriage for several years. Instead of practicing profound self-care, I wasted a lot of time blaming my husband for ALL of the problems and found myself frequently short-tempered and frustrated. I literally did not know better and could not do better (thank you, Maya Angelou). Now, so many years later, I am astounded at some of my behavior and saddened

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN
is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support. 

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