Memorial Day and More!

This picture is of the oldest veteran I ever knew in my family. Although it was in a newspaper article about Veteran’s Day, I use it here for Memorial Day. Loren Margrave (on the left) was my great-uncle, and I remember him fondly from the day I was born. He lived long enough to attend the baptism of my first child.

I had other uncles who served in wars since World War I, but this picture of Uncle Loren seems appropriate for today’s blog.

Do you know why we celebrate Memorial Day? It’s not just for grilling out or getting a day off work (or for getting drunk), but it is to honor the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in our Armed Forces. I remember when it was observed on May 30 every year, then in 1970 it was officially switched to the last Monday of May.


  • This weekend, I also celebrate fifteen years of lavalily .com/blog! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this for that many years. I lost some of my posts for a few of those years, but most are available in the archives. Occasionally I edit one and post it for those of you who have not been with me for all those years.
  • Check out a cookbook I created online that includes all the recipes I’ve blogged about over the past fifteen years. It’s called “Lavalily Cooks” and I know you’ll enjoy finding a recipe to make.
  • My online course “Growing Older with Gusto!” is undergoing some major changes and is not available until further notice. Stay tuned for this and other available courses. I will announce them here.

Have a safe, thoughtful, and healthy Memorial Day!


Growing Older with Gusto!

We were never taught how to be “old” so we just seem to fumble our way forward with each birthday. We are getting a few (or more) gray hairs, or seeing a few wrinkles in the face, and we don’t like it. We might fear what is to come because not one of us knows what to expect.

Nothing will stop us from the normal path of life where we finally grow older. Life is terminal, but it doesn’t have to be a dreaded part of life. It’s too easy to say, “It’s all in your attitude!” There are actually things we can do to live every minute of the life we have and allow those minutes to be enjoyable. We can live every day with Gusto!

My online course, “Growing Older with Gusto!” is now “evergreen.” That means that the course continues to be available to those of any age who are beginning to realize their mortality and who want to learn a better way of approaching it. I will make a few revisions to the curriculum regularly so it stays current with the times.

Please consider forwarding this information to anyone you know. Encourage them to take part. Over the course of six weeks, I will try to cover all questions, and maybe even answer a few questions they didn’t know they had.

This link takes you to the registration page.

In addition to the course, I am opening up a few slots in my schedule for those who want individual coaching in this adventure of growing older. I have almost nine decades behind me of living with gusto. Contact me if you are interested in what I have to share.

A hui hou!

All About E-Courses

I send a warm aloha to everyone on this beautiful day in May!

If you’ve missed my blog for the past few weeks, there are several reasons why I’ve been missing in action.

First, I’ve been traveling, and I don’t think I want to travel again anytime soon. I used to LOVE traveling, but so much seems to have changed since COVID came along. More crowds, less private time, more anger, less kindness. I could go on with my discovery of what it’s like to travel in a post-COVID world. If you’ve been traveling, perhaps you have experienced much of the same.

In addition to traveling, I’ve been busy working on creating more e-courses for you to explore. I continue to offer the popular “Growing Older with Gusto!” course that is always open for your registration. I have plans for how to develop that course further and perhaps even create a deck of cards that show ways to “grow older with gusto!” Visit

I also have been taking many e-courses from one of my favorite course teachers, Leonie Dawson in Australia. She is the funniest, smartest, and most “out of the taco” person I know. Her unique way of teaching has given me more inspiration and ideas than I have time or energy to tackle. You can find a list of her courses by going to her website. You won’t be disappointed.

A hui hou!


What’s Your Personality?

Would you like to open the windows of your mind and learn more about who you are? What are your personality quirks? Have you ever wondered why you act the way you do at times, then turn around and act a different way at another time?

There are various psychological theories that contribute to our knowledge of personality. In this course, we will look at several of these approaches so you can determine which ones seem to fit you best. It might even help you understand the people around you better!

You may be familiar with some of the psychologists who have developed theories of personality, while others may be new to you. This is a chance to broaden your notions of what makes up your personality.

Learning online is not new! There are many ways to learn, even if you don’t have the time or finances. If you have ever wondered about your personality, what various types of spirituality are out there in the world, or if you have questions about gender (a major topic these days), then you’ve come to the right place.

Over the next few months, new courses and dates will be added to the list of learning opportunities. Below, you will find the current courses being offered with their starting dates. You can register in advance for any of these courses. If you have questions, please contact me.

What’s Your Personality?” opens Fall 2023

Future Courses (no date set)

  • “Feral Fables”
  • “What’s Your Personality?”
  • “Psychology of Gender”
  • “Spiritually Around the World”
  • “Growing Older with Gusto!”
  • “Unblock Your Sexuality”
  • “Healing Psychological Trauma”
  • “Transformational Series”

A hui hou!


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