Life is a series of Divine lessons that keep you connected to the Universe and mankind

Take the wheel

“To get a better understanding of your portfolio,” my financial advisor began, “I want you to write down everything you spend monthly on your current home and cabin in Tahoe. Then, we’ll dig deeper into your personal affairs.”

“Ok, so just what I spend on my houses?” I asked. “You don’t care about hair, manicures, facials and massages for now, right?”

Hearing a pause on the other end, he let out a long sigh, and said, “Right. We’ll tackle those later and where you can cut […]

The Good Advice

 

Thrusting the ticket in my face, the grumpy highway patrolman growled over my expired license plate.

“How this could have happened?” I cried, confused. “I don’t remember ever getting the notice to pay.”

“Just get it fixed, Lady. Oh, and have a nice day.”

Hating to be in trouble with the law, the following morning I got up early and arrived at the DMV before the doors opened. Sadly, other people had the same idea.  Since the parking lot was already full, rather than drive in […]

Keeping Me Authentic

Peering over the letter-sized piece of paper, my eldest, Michelle, fixated her stare on her waiting mother with lifted eyebrows. Taking her time to give her review on my latest story, I sat nervously. The year was 2013, and in this case, no news wasn’t good news.

 

Then putting the article down, she asked concerned, “Mom, were you on drugs when you wrote this?”

 

“What?” Horrified, I grabbed it back. “What’s wrong with it?”

 

But as I re-read, I remembered how my recent fall down a mountain […]

A Hand to Hold

With 25 like-minded people on a spiritual retreat in Sedona, Arizona, I came searching for inner peace and direction. Happily, I found a new tranquility for my soul, but not in the way I was expecting.
The first day’s mission: locate the ideal spot for meditation. While hunting for someplace to plant our bodies, I did what I always do best – I took one for the team. Basking in the afternoon sun, a large rock called, but due to the recent rain, the river […]

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    Los Altos writer learns heartfelt love in caring for parents

Los Altos writer learns heartfelt love in caring for parents

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Los Altos writer learns heartfelt love in caring for parents

Published on Monday, 20 July 2015 01:05
Written by Alicia Castro – Staff Writer/aliciac@latc.com

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Los Altos resident and author Jackie Madden Haugh, above, chronicles small but significant life moments.

According to Sufi mysticism, the souls of children look down and pick their mothers for the lessons they’ll teach in life.

Jackie Madden Haugh would add that souls pick their fathers, too.

“I’ve always loved […]

Life’s Purpose

Standing at the head of the classroom, her tiny facial features peeking out from the massive folds of her long veil, Sister Peter stared out at fifty-second graders. By the sharpened look in her beady coffee-colored eyes, I knew we were about to be schooled on her favorite topic.
“Now, children,” she began, her voice rattling the musical scale, ending on the high note “C.” “You’re all about to become one with Christ with your upcoming First Holy Communion. It’s time to start thinking about […]