The Music Is Not In The Piano

Dearest Claire, To the spirited one of the family, we are so very proud of you! Your beautiful mind, your empathic nature, your joyful disposition, your old soul and your boundless energy and hilarity – where do we begin, Clarissimo? Eager to see you take the world by storm as you step into the college […]

Not Okay

In response to the #notokay movement that’s underway (thanks to Donald Trump’s audio tape from 2005), I feel compelled to tell a few stories of my own. While none of them are traumatic – and I feel grateful to be able to say that – all of them are, to varying degrees, #notokay.

Closing Time

When I started writing this weekly blog a year ago, I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into. Like many new beginnings, one scarcely ever does. There was a vague sense of needing to find a repository for pieces of writing I’d begun over the years, and some semblance of legacy for my […]

Don’t Quote Me On This…

Hi, I’m Cathia, and I’m a quotes junkie. I have been collecting quotes for 20+ years and have bits of paper and sticky notes stuffed in a bulging and horribly inelegant filing system. A few years ago I began assembling the scraps and pasting them onto full size cardstock paper just to reduce the chaos…but […]

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life – A Book Review

One of my favorite disciples of Carl Jung is analyst and author James Hollis. My most treasured in his collection is the 2005 classic Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up. This is one of the most important and meaningful books I’ve read and re-read, and one that […]

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

My parents still live in the same house I grew up in. They have been there for 44 years and have no plans to take the townhome or retirement community route. I can’t understand anything about their decision. (For comparison, I have only made it a maximum of four years at any one address as […]

It’s All Greek To Me

What is the one thing you don’t want people to know about you? One of my biggest sources of shame is having not been asked to join a sorority when I was in college. I am both ashamed to tell the story, and ashamed of my shame over something as frivolous as being left out […]