Author: resolutewoman

  • A cure for physical distress

    Walking can strain the body, Kerri Andrews admits in her book Wanderers. However, Andrews writes about Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt’s cure for her physical distress. ”All that was necessary to allow her to move again with ease was a good night’s sleep and fine Scottish whiskey, with which she ‘rubbed my ankle and knee…which did it…

  • Walking is a good use of time

    In her book Wanderers, Kerri Andrews quotes Linda Cracknell about the benefits of walking. Walking, Cracknell says, “helps keep alive older ways of being…. “There was always something to watch, some association to remember, changes in light and sound and fragments of poetry and local lore to think about…. “Long hours walking were not time…

  • Women walking

    I’m walking. I love to walk in the morning. Walking helps me get my day off to a good start. It also helped me survive the pandemic, and it’s calming while we’re preparing to do a major foundation repair and house remodeling. Women have been walking for centuries I’ve discovered while reading Wanderers—A History of…

  • The comfort of friends

    I’m feeling anxious. We’re getting ready to move everything out of our house—including the two of us and our dog Jack. Yikes! It’s necessary because our house needs extensive foundation repairs—and we’ve decided to go ahead and do major remodeling, too. The project will take six or seven months. Because of my anxiety, my counselor…

  • The power of harmony

    I am still going through “stuff”—getting ready for a major house renovation. I’ve been sorting through boxes of my mother’s papers, and I found a quote my mother, an English teacher, liked. William Wordsworth said, “While with an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into…

  • The cost of love

    In her book Oh Beautiful, Ann Napolitano talks about “the beauty and the cost of love.” How true! Love is beautiful—but sometimes it requires work, and sometimes it is costly.

  • Living two lives

    Sylvie, a character in Ann Napolitano’s book Oh Beautiful, realizes that she has been “compartmentalizing herself for a long time.” She was keeping secrets, living one life with some people and another life with William, being one person sometimes and another person at other times. Who was she? What did she want? I have compartmentalized.…

  • Gratitude for life

    William was “awash in gratitude for his life,” writes Ann Napolitano in her novel Hello Beautiful. How wonderful—to be awash in gratitude for your life!

  • No secrets

    In the book Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano, William is hospitalized after he tries to commit suicide. His psychiatrist tells him that his mantra must be: “No bullshit. No secrets.” That’s good advice for all of us.

  • The comfort of friendship

    Powerful winds toppled trees in our neighborhood this week, and we lost power. We were in the dark for 26 hours, but our lights came on at 7:30 one morning—just as we were leaving to have breakfast with our neighbor across the street—and she still cooked us breakfast even though our power had returned! As…