Done retire, ReFire: Dealing with holiday stress

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are, at the last month of not only the year but of the decade! It’s also a shorter holiday season, since Thanksgiving came late this year. How does the above make you feel? For many, these thoughts can bring on feelings of stress and anxiousness, especially when they are thought of at the same time! Lately, I’ve had many conversations about...

Barrar won’t seek reelection in 2020

State Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-160) Long-time State Representative Stephen Barrar announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection for a 13th term in 2020. Barrar, a Republican, represents the 160th District which covers an area from the Kennett Square area east into Delaware County. He managed to hold off Democrat Anton Andrew by about 800 votes in 2018. With Andrew running again in 2020 — and...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: The spirit of thankfulness

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Here we are in the month of November, where the fourth Thursday is designated as a day to give thanks. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving on the day only, or do you celebrate the spirit of thanksgiving every day? If you currently just look to the day, but have the desire to open your heart to more than that, what you need to do is slow down, be still, listen,...

Don’t retire, ReFire: Don’t fit in….stand out!

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times At this time in the world, we are discovering more and more how important being ourselves and expressing our individuality is. We are coming to the realization that we all possess unique gifts that, once recognized, must be developed and shared with the world. Imagine one never ending string of precious gems, each with its own special powers.

Don’t retire, ReFire: As summer draws nigh

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As the sun sets earlier each night and the periodic crispy evenings have returned, we are reminded that the season of fall will be upon us in the blink of an eye. Did it go fast for you? Time passes. The days, the months, the years go on. In spite of that, we often times try to hold on to the season that we’re in and the moments in that season, because,...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Living with urgency

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As I thought about what urgency means to me, and the purpose of my message, more forms of urgency opened up and surfaced. Urgency, by definition, has two meanings. One meaning is of persistence and insistence. A good example of this meaning is the urgency of the “now” mentality we live in. In this day and age where all of our “conveniences” have...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Connections

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times What comes to your mind when you think about connection? Whatever your answer is, no doubt, it brings “good feels”. It’s a massive word that can take your mind in so many directions. Making human connection begins at birth.  It starts where no words are spoken, just the gentle connection of a mother holding her baby and looking into his or her...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Your awakening

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As the season of Spring unfolds, it brings to mind all that appeared dead, but was really only sleeping, to be awakened to a new dawn. If you ponder on that visualization, you’ll find it to be quite exhilarating to picture all that was still, on the surface, yet all of the activity and growth that was going on below the surface. Nature is amazing!

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Coming through the winter of our lives

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As we come out of the winter and enter the season of spring, with longer days and warming temperatures, it brings to mind my own movement through winter and how I handled this dormant period of time. I then pondered on how we, as humans, get through the winter. Winter is that one season that has the most effect on our emotions. “The Winter Blues”...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: The faces of love

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times There are many types of love and many ways to express love. There’s the love between parent and child, husband and wife, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends, new friends. Although each relationship is expressed differently, how that expression of love makes us feel sends the same message. Recognizing that love is all around is something we often lose...