Love Is Like A Marathon

Our daughter-in-law qualified for the Boston Marathon by running in a local marathon, just making it, by an amazing three seconds! She was really hurting the last five miles. A stranger saw her and began to walk-run alongside her, subtly encouraging her. She could hardly […]

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 […]

Why Guilt Doesn’t Work

The summer that I was nine, I begged my parents to let me attend our church’s residential camp. The requirement for a discounted rate was to read The New Testament by a certain date, so I committed to do it. I procrastinated for weeks and […]

9 Things Children Will Benefit From Knowing

1. THEY ARE LOVED, LOVABLE AND LOVING More important than getting our children to make good grades, or to be polite, or to follow our instructions, is to cause them to feel and know that their natural state is to be loved, loving and lovable. […]

Marathon Communicating With Our Children

Many cultures use rituals during the adolescence and teen years to mark the time when children transition to becoming responsible for themselves. When my son turned thirteen, I asked two-dozen of our friends who had known him throughout his life to write their memories and encouraging […]