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Sara's musings about how to age happier

A Rant

I have just finished reading The Achievement Habit by Stanford design professor Bernard Roth.  It is a mishmash of self-help chestnuts from est (Erhard Seminars Training) to Bernie's own stories of marriage, friendship, and teaching.  He is critical enough of his wife...

What I’ve learned from my students about happiness at work

Wow!  If you know nothing else, you now know what a lousy photographer I was on Saturday.  What you can't see from these blurry images of two of my students in Strategic Happiness at Work at San Francisco States program in Core Strengths Coaching, is how much I...

Can we be happy at work?

I spent Mother's Day evening with my husband's daughter and son and their children.  His son and granddaughter (David and Eva) are creating super-hero stories with a twist.  The super heroes have something that makes them strong or unique, but also something related...

Way Down and Way Up

What a strange and wonderful six weeks it has been since I last posted!  I entered the hospital on March 27, three days before our planned trip to Hawaii.  I'd been pushing so hard to get chemotherapy lined up before or after the planned trip that I disregarded...

Magical Thinking Challenged

What a week!  I have a cold.  Chemotherapy was scheduled for yesterday and today, then today and tomorrow.  My white blood cell counts are not behaving at all.  They keep disappearing (fighting off the cold, no doubt)!  If I don't have enough whites (above 1000 per...

So, what’s my NEW story about myself?

One of the things I have realized over the last month of "between chemotherapy 2 and 3" is that I have been telling myself two really conflicting stories.  The first is that I am a positive, energetic, upbeat, and lovable person.  The second is that I'm sick,...

So What’s So Great About Cancer?

Since my happy trip to Kenya, I've felt unusually tired and unable to breathe properly. You might say, "You're 70, after all!" But I am a lively and active 70 and this has been so unlike the me I know that I sought medical advice. Seeking advice was complicated by...

Happy Trips

My husband and I have recently returned from Kenya. After 21 brutal hours in transit we suffered bumper to bumper traffic from the airport to our hotel (another hour at turtle speed). President Kenyatta had just returned to the country from his trial at The Hague for...

Spiritual Practice, part 2

My  stomach has been queasy  for the last few days and so I've settled on the chaise on our deck overlooking the island of Alameda and San Francisco Bay.  Licorice tea is at my elbow and my husband has gone to a biology lecture at UC Berkeley.  The house is quiet.  I...

What I’m Interested in NOW

Fashion.  Not just pretty clothes or interesting clothes.  I'm interested in what makes my almost 70 year old body look GREAT.   I went to the San Francisco Ballet for a Saturday afternoon performance recently and the overwhelming majority of the audience was women. ...