All posts filed under: Living Well

We’re All In This Together

One of my best friends rode around for more than a year with our mutual friend’s ashes in the trunk of her car, in a Styrofoam food container, sealed with masking tape, marked “Jim.” She was waiting for the perfect opportunity to scatter Jim’s ashes […]

My Main Takeaway From Visiting Patmos

On a trip to Greece several years ago, Ron and I island-hopped, which meant arriving without a reservation for a place to stay, with just a small backpack and one other set of clothes – and using ferries to sail between the islands, where entrepreneur-ish […]

How To Stay Calm When Everyone’s Losing It

On a visit to Taormina on Sicily, our hotel was situated so that we could stand on our balcony and see Mount Etna in the distance. I told Ron how great it was that the locals had strung colored lights down the mountainside. He said, […]

Cross My Heart And Hope To Die!

When Ron’s daughter was ten, she walked into a local restaurant in our town in the Netherlands and asked the Greek owner whether he would sell her an over-sized wooden rosary that he’d brought from his homeland and hung behind the sales register. She knew […]

How To Be A Hero

Joseph Campbell gave us a valuable description of the metaphorical hero’s journey. He said that we’ll first hear a calling, and we’ll always have a choice whether to surrender to it. There will be a threshold to cross, which will require unconditional commitment and separation from what’s […]

The Appeal Of Vincent Van Gogh

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me who my hero is. And I said, “Vincent van Gogh.” And she said, “But he was crazy.” And I thought, this guy is still so misunderstood. Of course, almost everyone appreciates Van Gogh’s art. His […]

Who’s In Charge?

One of my friends talks a lot about what she believes is wrong with people. It’s become her tendency, because she keeps practicing it, even though she feels bad as she does it. She’s a faith-based person who aspires to be accepting, kind and forgiving. […]

What’s Up With Today’s Super Sensitive Kids?

Our daughter-in-law took our grandson to a sensory-friendly theater, where children who are susceptible to sensory input or who find it difficult to sit still for long periods can enjoy a movie in a safe, comfortable environment. The level of the lights and sound are adjusted, […]

HuffPost Interview: Parenting In A Blended Family

I became a Contributor to HuffPost in 2015. And after posting more than 65 articles on effective living through focused thought, HuffPost asked to interview me for its Blended Family Feature. HP: How many family members do you have? Grace: My husband, Ron, and I share four […]

10 Things Good Communicators Do Well

1. THEY MAINTAIN THEIR INTEGRITY Effective communicators know what their true intention is. And they hold that focus, instead of doing something else. Ron was an altar boy in the Catholic church from age seven to seventeen. Toward the end, he felt disheartened, believing that […]