Do you remember…?

You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

Sailing up the New England coast and into Maine, I am reminded of the old adage “If you want to know what the weather is like, just wait a minute.” It’s true that the weather in the sea can change in a moment’s notice; one’s senses become attuned to the scent of shifting winds.

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We celebrated my mother’s 93rd birthday today. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that she remains healthy, active and clear of mind, especially in light of how I see others aging.  I believe old age is simply a distillation of a life lived.  My mother has always been a kind and loving person, generous and forgiving.  Her deep faith guided her through life’s challenges…my sister’s tragic brain injury, torturous 30 year decline and death, and the loss of my father 10 years ago.

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