My Family with our Dog Clarissa in 2013

All I Want For Christmas Is Peace (Of Mind)

Christmas is filled with promise, and it’s perfect in our imaginations. Twinkling trees, sweet treats, and reading Christmas stories with your children  by the fire. The idea that Santa Claus and his elves think of nothing other than making the gifts of your dreams. To boot, he delivers them flying through the night sky, fueled
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Me and My Father in 1967

A Forgotten Father

“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” William Wordsworth Small acts of kindness are treats for two souls, the giver and receiver. They’re my emotional bread and butter. One of my favorite things to do is offer my spot in line at the supermarket when
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Blog Author Maureen Goldman In Her Backyard

Living With Bipolar Disorder

I woke up this morning to a night sky and headed for my rocking chair on the porch. Stars and a sliver of the moon were still shining. Looking up I wondered why we readily make wishes upon stars and struggle to believe in ourselves. We are here in the flesh with all kinds of
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Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils

You Can Start Over And Over

I am reading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The book is all soul and inspiration. Anne wrote it at the beach, where she went alone to reflect on the pattern of her life. She writes about her affinity for freshly sharpened pencils. I know exactly how she felt. There are so many
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My Aunt Maureen with her children Tommy and Suzanne. Tommy is living with schizophrenia.

The Wise Man

My Aunt Maureen died last month. After the eulogy, we were quiet. Some of us got hives, some got bone tired, some put their sadness in a box, storing it for another time. In my aunt’s home we returned to our safe routines, telling jokes, crazy-but-true family stories, and cleaning. We are really good at
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Blog Author Maureen Goldman In Her Backyard

Losing Your One-Track Mind

I’ve always been single-minded, putting all my energy into one goal. It’s a strategy that helped me get into my favorite college and my first job in advertising. When I was seven I locked my father out of the car until he threw his cigarettes in a trash can. He begged me to let him
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