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...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: How will you wrap up the year?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It’s hard to belief that 2018 is rapidly coming to a close.  It’s a time of reflection on the achievements and challenges of the year and, as well as a time for looking forward, with great anticipation, what the new year may hold. Are you one of those people who were able to complete everything on your list of things to accomplish in 2018 or are...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: What is your contribution to the season of Thanksgiving?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Autumn in Chester County, this year, is one of the most brilliant displays of color that I’ve seen in recent years. This month of November is packed with so many thoughts and emotions, as we enter the season of giving thanks and being grateful for what we have. All of that spills out into the holiday festivities leading to the New Year. So, here we...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Are you an Influencer?

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Does the concept of being an Influencer sound like it means controlling someone’s thoughts or having power over them? It may, but there is another, better, more positive direction I’m taking you in. It’s a direction that you may or may not have considered until now. We must abandon the antiquated way of thinking about the act of influencing. We...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Getting back on track

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It’s fun to step away from the usual for a while and kick your heels up, but, inherently, we are creatures of habit and feel more centered when we have a routine. What have you set aside? What do you have to take off the back burner and fire it up again? Labor Day, 2018, is behind us and although we still have two weeks remaining of the summer, our...