A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Often "Featured" are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS in the journey!

Unique Summer gifts

    We spent last week visiting Tom's soon-to-be 90-year-old dad, who is recovering from a fall-necessitated hip replacement surgery. In the first few days he was suffering with quite a bit of confusion confounded by age- and/or med-related dementia. Seeing him like this triggered a cascade of emotions in me....
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Shining a light on mental illness, yet...

Dr. Pierces
We watched the movie "Silver Linings Playbook" tonight. I was thrilled with the needed attention it brought to mental health issues (primarily bi-polar & depression), yet was troubled by one recurring theme. By the time we meet the male protagonist, Pat, he's been in a mental hospital for eight months and...
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Italy: authentic to the core

A woman holding an apple in one hand, donut in another, looking fondly at the donut
Just read through the journal I kept while in Italy. It's pretty detailed (even noted the food we purchased) until day five. Not one more entry.  At this point it seems moot to attempt to recreate our adventures from that date forward but I must admit it was good to...
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I'm back...

Italy
...from a lovely few weeks in Italy!!   I honored my commitment to "unplug" but I must admit, it was done with GREAT difficulty. I do not ever again want to travel in a foreign country without easy access to wi-fi. It is just too difficult to navigate. I even...
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