Sunday, August 4th is National Friendship Day. I love the idea of this day because it's a way to celebrate so many individuals in our lives. We spend a lot of time glorifying and acknowledging romantic lovers, but platonic relationships are no less important and rewarding. They also give us the ongoing support we need to navigate life's challenges.

During the course of my lifetime, I've moved at least a half a dozen times, and sometimes it can be unsettling, and more difficult to make new friends, especially as we get older. However, I still have a few childhood pals I'm in regular communication with. I also have at least one friend from each place I've lived. When my kids were young, these friends were most often the mothers of their friends, and often I didn't have a lot in common with them except that our children enjoyed playing together. When my kids grew up and moved away, it was easier to choose my own friends, who had similar interests to me. However, there's something about long-term friends that's different. Somehow, each time you see them, you can pick up where you left off as if no time has passed between your meetings. A special bond has been formed over the years that you both cherish.

Perhaps this is a good time for you to connect with an old friend. I would love to hear how it goes for you!

Creatively Yours,
  • Write about what it means to be a good friend.
  • Write about a friend you've had for a long time.
  • Share a story or experience you had with a special friend.
  • In what ways are the friendships formed as a child different from those made as an adult?
"Sound Bowls " (poem). The Edge. July 1, 2019.
"The Present Moment" (essay). The Edge . July 1, 2019.
"How to Heal Yourself and Others" (blog). Psychology Today. July 11, 2019.
"Examining and Writing about Your Life" (blog). Living Better 50. July 11, 2019.
 "The Summer of 1969: 50 Years Later" (essay). Medium. July 17, 2019.
"Using Your Intuition for Self-Care" (blog). Psych Central: The World of Psychology Blog. July 17, 2019.
"Closing Time" (poem). Door Is Ajar Literary Magazine. July 2019.
"A Note to Loved Ones " (poem). Emerging Poets 2019 .
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Wise Women by Joyce Tenneson (nonfiction). This book was given to me by a dear friend as a birthday present. I cherish the subject presented, as well as the 80 portraits and sentiments of and about elderly, wise women.

As I read the book, it enabled me to deeply contemplate the role of elders in today's world. Years ago, we were regarded as keepers of truth and wisdom, but over the years, our voices have gotten muffled by the overstimulation of the media. It feels good to acknowledge that there might be another wave where the universe wants to hear our words and thoughts.

Tenneson is a photographer who photographed 80 women from ages 65 to 100 who share their thoughts on aging. Their wisdom is profound and unforgettable. There are so many sayings that resonated with me. Here are just a few of my favorites:

"I've always believed that whatever you are when you are young, as you age, you become more so." ~ Evelyn Lauder

"The most important thing is to try and enjoy life—because you never know when it will be gone. If you wake up in the morning and you have a choice between doing the laundry and taking a walk in the park, go for the walk. You'd hate to die and realize you had spent your last day doing the laundry!" ~ Christine Lee

"My grandmother had total focus, an attribute that deeply impressed me. She also had the ability to make me feel like I could do anything, that I could be a leader. She focused all of her positive spirit on me." ~ Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Read this book as a gift to yourself and any woman you love. You will probably want to read it over and over again. It's a treasure, and thank you, PL, for giving it to me!

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