40 simple pleasures for 40 years

40 simple pleasures for 40 years
Ancient philosopher Saint Augustine, who leveraged Plato’s teachings, links forty with perfection. While this new 40-year-old strives for order; we still embrace a life of imperfection, rich in beauty of simple moments and favorite things with loved ones. When little ones whistle — like the birds — they make your heart soar. When you feel overwhelmed with... Read more »

Grandparents Day and our Cape Cod family vacation

President Jimmy Carter made Grandparents Day official 40 years ago. The day falls the first Sunday after Labor Day. The occasion reinforces the significance of elders. Our boys’ grandparents bless our family with love and traditions. We recently returned from our annual vacation in Cape Cod with our parents. Our parents drive 1,000 miles in... Read more »

Thoughts on the Catholic Church and sexual abuse

Last Sunday, our priest addressed the Catholic Church and sexual abuse facts directly in his homily. He relayed how he and priest friends met for lunch and addressed the usual church news. Most recently and tragically, 300 priests were named in a grand jury report that reports the sexual assault of more than 1,000 victims in Pennsylvania.  It... Read more »

Five Types of Small Talk

People seem to either love or hate small talk. My chatty sister asked a mother and daughter pair to snap this photo south of Boston with our brother and our kids. They quickly realized we live near each other in Chicago and share friends. SAFE. The mother-in-law, who helped distract our little ones for this photo opp,... Read more »

Our summer joy of missing out & the contemplative life

Pro and con lists may illuminate opportunity cost to make certain choices or decisions. Our digital world, full of social media, may enhance “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Trusty Wikipedia defines that as, “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” As a parent of active boys... Read more »

3 Truths the Thirties Teach to Help Find Your Way

Pamela Duckerman’s new book, There Are No Grown-ups A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, notes Victor Hugo referred to 40, “As the old age of youth.”  Data shows thirty-somethings reach traditional milestones at slower rates than 40 years ago. As someone who soon turns 40, the last decade reinforced the importance of kindness, humility, and determination. Women in their... Read more »

End-of-school year thoughts

Winston Churchill’s sentiment, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” seems like an aspiration at times. More coffee, anyone? As this Mom looks forward to her family’s end-of-school year, thoughts stream from humility to appreciation and bittersweet nostalgia. Our oldest recently warned his friends taught him lying is wrong. Glad... Read more »

To be a feminine feminist like Meghan Markle as the monarchy shifts

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, advocates for equality and justice while exuding beauty and style. The first American biracial person to marry into the royal family, captured the hearts of the masses around the world leading up to her wedding this weekend to Prince Harry. Hooray for the newly weds, who crossed the church threshold... Read more »

5yo & 7yo boys chat leading up to family Easter

5yo & 7yo boys chat leading up to family Easter
Our five-year-old and seven-year-old boys inspire imagination, joy and belief each day. Holidays, such as Easter, seem to enhance the magic of childhood. We feel blessed that our oldest sings in the junior choir at his school, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy. The same talented music director, who played at our wedding, leads them... Read more »

6 good books in honor of Black History Month

Literature helps portray some of the rich history of African Americans in the United States. One of my first memories of Black History Month is reading about Sojourner Truth, the African-American activist and abolitionist for my second grade report. The following are a few of my favorite stories about the unique struggles and triumphs of these... Read more »