Helping my mother in the last years of her life affected me deeply. My elderly aunt’s recent health problems have given me a second chance to be of service.
Life is full of loss and unfathomable sorrow. Simply listening to those who suffer and grieve can be an act of compassion and kindness. Read More
In an unfamiliar New York neighborhood, I was determined to find a bookstore that I didn’t know existed. Did serendipity—or something more profound—lead me to it? Read More
I thought I was allergic to life beyond the city limits. A recent visit to a rural small town helped broaden my perspective. Read More
My mother had a talent for anticipating the worst. Toward the end of her life, she tried to break me of her bad habit. Read More
Since my college days, art museums have been sanctuaries and sources of inspiration and enlightenment for me.
When I moved back home to help care for the living, I also learned how to honor the dead. Read More
When I returned to piano lessons as an adult, I never dreamed how much I would learn about myself. Read More
The brutally cold winter wreaked havoc with my emotional equilibrium. But spring is here at last, and my outlook on life has greatly improved. Read More
A long-ago memory of my mother’s kindness helped me pay tribute to her after she died. Read More
For Marcel Proust, it was the taste of a small cake. For others, it’s the scent of a certain perfume or flower. My latest encounter with the past was sparked by a walk in a Manhattan neighborhood. Read More
Don't be swayed by the vitriol of uninformed critics. For many Americans not covered by employer health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is a lifeline. Read More
Is it possible to celebrate Thanksgiving without being overwhelmed by memories? This year I am going to give it a try. Read More
Daughters may want to be nothing like their mothers, but sometimes we don’t have a choice. Read More
I wasn’t born to be a leader. But when my older nephew headed off to college, I discovered my inner sage. Read More
Scenes of Hawaii that fill me with dread. Visitations from the dearly departed. Upcoming finals in college classes I never attended. Are my dreams trying to tell me something? Read More
Superstitions are incompatible with life in the modern world. Or are they? My experience with a certain number makes me think that a force more powerful than mere coincidence is at play. Read More
Susan Hooper, a freelance writer, is a former newspaper reporter and government press secretary.
It can take a radical reboot to get past old hurts and injustices.