Enrichment

Lessons learned from Richard Leader at Rancho La Puerta.

Getting rid of a pain in the butt in Vietnam

  Prior to an 18 hour flight to Nha Trang Vietnam, home town of Mi Duong, I rented a bike. After adjusting the seat,  I misjudged the height of the rear wheel, caught my leg on  it and landed flat on my coccyx. OUCH!!!!!!!  Still, I went. Once MiDuong and her fellow client, Gena Pratt and I…

Happy 2016

The Spirit of the Space Needle at Age 54   Pizzazzers, Beth and Julia remind me that even landmarks have Pizzazz.  The Space Needle  is 54 years old, and personifies the need to keep updating yourself and always sparkle for the holidays, even if it means wearing a Christmas tree on your head.  Keep the…

Love and Marriage after a Stroke

  As I live past 50, I am constantly impressed with my  friends who are dealing with some adversities that this age brings  and manage to live a life of pizzazz. Take my friend Marian’s story. I met Marian in Los Angeles in the mid 70’s. She epitomizes glamour and sophistication. She also wields a wicked…

Interruption of Travelogue for a story about reality.

I had promised to next post my adventures in Florence as part two of my three part series.  But my real life got in the way.  I’ll tell you about Florence next time. I have five rules for my bi-annual visit to CostCo.  1. Go early. 2. Eat a good breakfast. 3. Stay positive 4….

Grumpy Christmas Continues

  I planned on a grumpy Christmas but life kept getting in the way. At the annual Craft Fair,  both my twin grandchildren, Cassidy and Brooks sold duct tape wallets and Chili Vinegar. Brooks had enlisted my services in brewing up Chili Vinegar for sale. “What??”you say. I thought he had seen it at a very…

Senior Goes Grumpy for The Holidays

I try to be light and positive but I’m feeling a little grumpy this season.  So instead of a joyous season, I’m going to go grumpy. I’m going to work this out of my system, like I’m going to work out the flu. No matter how good things go, I’m going to be ornery. Calling…

Take a dose of three glazed donuts

    ……..And call me in the morning. I recently got the flu. It started up about 4 days after I got my flu shot. My Mom would be so exonerated. Her whole life she refused to get her shot. She would laugh at her fellow residents at the home who would say, “Do you…

Structure in Life

Structure and freedom are equally important to me. I still find that ironic. I have viewed freedom as the opposite of structure. Now, I get to set the structure to allow for more freedom. Throughout my life, others have provided a schedule. First there were my parents. I still regret the last morning my father…

Empowering Others

    I received an update from my friend Elizabeth about her life’s work. It is an incredible story about a woman who has Pizzazz. Elizabeth is one of the 75 women who inspired me to start the website. Rightly so, Elizabeth is proud that recently the Minister of Health in Uganda has recommended that…

An Optimistic Italian Village

I take my grandson, Brooks, to soccer once a week and the conversations that come out of the back seat are astounding. Like today. He was playing Jumbleline2 on my new Iphone6+. I find this a great mental exercise for me. It requires focus, memorization and visualization. All while I’m driving. Nearing the soccer field,…

Simplifying Your Life

I’m simplifying my life by throwing out a lot  and recording what I keep on a spreadsheet of house good inventory so I can later find them with  the search function when my memory is totally shot. Today I threw away a custom potted chip dish in a Southwest style by an artist named Lisa. …