The Shining Years: The Best is Last

The Shining Years (1972) was written twenty years after Emilie Loring’s death, but it is vintage Emilie Loring. It has everything–an old and stately home, a noble leading man, a spirited young woman, a worthy competitor for her affections, a wise older woman, villains, ideals, personal conflicts, and a love story. Stanley Holbrook’s life is neatly organized … More The Shining Years: The Best is Last

Joy in Awareness, Gratitude in Appreciation

Forget the press of feasting and cramming too many people into too little space for the afternoon, and let Thanksgiving–gratitude–carry the day. Gratitude is an in-the-moment awareness that something we have, know, or experience has intrinsic value. “Focus on the good you have, not the lack of it, because whatever gets your attention will increase the energy of gratitude. … More Joy in Awareness, Gratitude in Appreciation