Hate the election results? Get politically active. It's easier than you think.

Hate the election results? Get politically active. It's easier than you think.
In the two weeks since we elected a new President of the United States, I’ve walked through the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Yes, I know that sounds ridiculous, but our new president has shown that his values don’t align with mine. I’m not going to rehash all of the... Read more »

Homeless Helper Bags: 2016 edition

Homeless Helper Bags: 2016 edition
This past Friday I hopped on the train with a bag full of Homeless Helper Bags to distribute before meeting a friend for lunch. If you’re not familiar with my annual preparation and distribution of Homeless Helper Bags, please read this post before continuing. I’ll wait. Back? Great. Read on . . . Once again,... Read more »

Top secret plan to defeat Donald Trump

Top secret plan to defeat Donald Trump
As a member of the criminal lame stream media, it is imperative that I report on a conspiracy at the highest levels. This plan is so nefarious that it could change the course of the 2016 Presidential Election and cause Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump. It permeates every level of the government and every... Read more »
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If I could do it all over again, I'd have become a lawyer

If I could do it all over again, I'd have become a lawyer
Yesterday a friend of mine posted on Facebook about that it had been 19 years since Princess Diana was killed. Nineteen years I thought. Where have those years gone? The night of Princess Diana’s death began like many Saturday nights that summer: I was at home in my Alexandria, Virginia apartment studying for the LSAT,... Read more »

Final step in learning to paddle board: celebrate success

Final step in learning to paddle board: celebrate success
In my blog post, Learning to paddle board: A gentle reminder of life lessons on success, yesterday, I forgot a crucial element of success. Frankly, it’s a little embarrassing that I left out the final step, but I did. I suppose my only excuse is that after my 8-month hiatus, I’ve gotten a little rusty... Read more »

Learning to paddle board: A gentle reminder of life lessons on success

Learning to paddle board: A gentle reminder of life lessons on success
As I do every August, I spent last week at Watervale. As my dear friend Woodlawn Wonder has dubbed it, Watervale is my “ancestral family home.” It’s not, but it might as well be because there’s no other place I feel at peace or as connected to myself. I’m also the third of four generations... Read more »
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My next chapter is at Bernie's Book Bank

My next chapter is at Bernie's Book Bank
After a long and winding search, I have officially begun the next chapter of my life as the new Event Manager at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff. If you’re not familiar with Bernie’s Book Bank, its mission is to “collect, process, and distribute new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk... Read more »

The Gardner Family Cookbook: The best Christmas gift I've ever given

This photo was taken at our 1987 family reunion on Sanibel Island. I'm in the back row, fourth from the right in a green dress.
I love Christmas. I love the traditions. I love going to church at Christmas. I love the family time. I love the holiday parties. I love sending Christmas cards. I love receiving Christmas cards. I love picking out the perfect gifts for the people I love. And I love receiving gifts. When it comes to... Read more »

How I'll spend my $900 million Powerball lottery winnings tonight

How I'll spend my $900 million Powerball lottery winnings tonight
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: I WON!!!!! I am RICH! I matched one number on a white ball and the red Powerball number! That means I’ve won $4.00. The only question I have now is whether to take it in one lump sum or take it in equal payments of 13.3¢ per year for the next 30... Read more »
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How to create DIY holiday gift tags by recycling holiday cards

All of the 2015 holiday cards I received.
If you’re anything like me, you are lovingly inundated with holiday cards each year. In fact, for me, my very favorite time to check my mailbox is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when I receive cards from friends and family around the world sharing photos of their kids and stories of their adventures from... Read more »
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