What is the color for Demon Awareness?

As the shock and disbelief of Kate Spade’s death by suicide lingers, it is interesting to note what words are used to describe her life, and speculation about her final days. Some reports were matter of fact; how Kate was found by her housekeeper and that (thankfully) her daughter was not home at the time.... Read more »

The letter I never got to send to Barbara Bush

About a month after we bought our old minivan, a full decade ago, a pair of little hands managed to stick a quarter into the CD slot.  The massive POP! moments later let me know that the days of rocking out to our favorite tunes were over, at least for a while. Our options at... Read more »

In defense of the WASP

Among my earliest childhood memories was hearing about how my great-grandmother made sure her housekeeper knew that anyone who came to the back door looking for a meal was never to be turned away. What began during the Great Depression continued until her death.  She volunteered for her church’s annual rummage sale, the proceeds of... Read more »
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Supertramp wrote my life story

Today I’ve been asked to write about something I believed when I was a child that, as an adult, I no longer know to be true.  Where to begin? While there are too many to mention in this space, I’d have to say that when I was young I thought that tragedy brought people closer... Read more »

Daring greatly: Teddy Roosevelt had it right.

As the votes are counted in precincts across the country and each of us has had time to let the results sink in, I’m reminded of why what we do is so important. Teddy Roosevelt said “It is not critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where... Read more »

Why my best writing will never be published.

Thinking about the best writing I’ve ever done, I readily dismiss the two books I wrote.  Same with the thesis I created for my masters degree.  Even passionate, published letters to the editor on behalf of an issue dear to me don’t qualify. Nope.  The best thing I ever wrote was a note to my... Read more »

Men are microwaves, women are crock-pots

So tonight’s edition of Blog-a-paloozza is to write about something we wish we knew back then.  Hum, where to start? On the eve of my 49th birthday, I think of all the on-the-job training I had when it comes to knowing about men.  I don’t have any brothers and was raised by my phenomenal mom... Read more »

A funny thing happened on the road less traveled

Poetry.  It sounds so beautiful and describes aspects of life so perfectly.  Poetry has the power to inspire dreams and put thoughts into action.  Too bad poetry doesn’t come with a warning label that sometimes when you roll the dice, you lose your shirt. Our Blogmaster has challenged our team to write about a time... Read more »

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

So tonight’s Blog-a-paloozza challenge asks us to write about something we find beautiful that others might not understand. In the eye of this beholder, there is nothing so beautiful as vulnerability and honoring one’s truth.  So what does that mean? Beauty, at its core, is about purity, essence and joy.  We find beauty in art,... Read more »

No iPad? No iPod? No iPhone? iDon't care.

For years now, each of my three children has tried to wear me down to a nub trying to get me to cave on all-things-tech. We are (painfully) old school and value face time over FaceTime and we over Wii. All of this, of course, is against the backdrop of moans and groans of how... Read more »