Dear Millie,

In my hemisphere, Spring is almost here. At least, that’s what my calendar says.

In this rapidly-changing cosmos, the temperatures in New Haven this winter ranged from the low teens to 70 plus. Last Saturday was a windy biting day – the photo is of me hiking at nearby Sleeping Giant. I came home to find purple crocus greeting me in my front yard.

I have not written an Oasis e-note to my worldwide community in a long time. To be exact, it’s been four months and two days.

What have I been doing since then…hibernating? Maybe. Scientists describe hibernation as “a way animals conserve energy to survive weather conditions or lack of food.”

When I re-read my November 13, 2023 e-note, I am deeply saddened to realize that what I wrote about then not only persists, but worsens daily on a scale that is hard to comprehend. Thousands more people have been killed, millions more are slowly dying of starvation – not just in Gaza or Israel, but around the world – because of war and unresolved conflicts.

Where find an oasis in this overwhelm…? Is it possible to create an oasis…?

I certainly do not lack food, and know that I alone cannot change the world. To conserve my vital energy, I have drawn back from many of my usual activities so I have enough “juice” to act more wisely with things close at hand – the health needs of my siblings, my own health, conflicts in my neighborhood, everyday interactions with others. My hope is that in some small way this contributes to building bridges, providing oases.

Wherever you are, whatever physical/emotional/psychic/spiritual challenges you are facing, may you find ways to nourish yourself and those around you.I ask Mother Earth to teach all of us simple lessons in resilience. She clearly has wisdom about surviving tough times.


Warm hugs from here,

Oasis Sanity Tips


You may want to re-read the November 13, 2023 e-note.

Reflect on your feelings then, your feelings now. Ask yourself:

  1. Have my feelings changed? …. Are they the same? 
  2. What is one thing I may do today to take wiser care
  • Of myself?
  • My family/friends?
  • Our world

Millie Grenough discovered her own Oasis after a near-death accident shook her out of her fast and furious lifestyle. During her months of recuperation Millie developed the 60-second Oasis Strategies that have helped thousands of people around the world. Millie's Oasis Training Program has graduates throughout the USA and in the Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico and New Zealand.. Her books, trainings, international presentations, and coaching have helped people ranging from Casino VPs, US Army Officers and University Deans, to overworked health personnel, prison inmates, and harried parents. 

Millie is an International Coach Federation Professional Coach, a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified in EMDR-Level II with a specialty in Performance Enhancement. Her trainings are authorized for CCEs by the International Coach Federation.

These occasional Oasis e-notes are for you: to offer little sanity tips, stories from life, and simple invitations to make your life healthier and happier. Please let us know if there is a special topic you would like addressed.


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