Category: shame

What I Want For Mother's Day

What I want for Mother’s Day is recognition. But not the type you would expect.  I want others to recognize, identify my family for who they are.  You see, as a self proclaimed savant of movies and uniquely hilarious sitcoms, I may have found a way to use my gift of memorized movie quotes to poke fun... Read more »

One Man's Burden Is Another Man's Opportunity

Mark visited his mom every other day religiously. Living close to the memory care facility that she resided, it was easy for him to stop by after work, during a lunch break or for brunch on the weekends. Marks father had passed away 6 months ago, and since then Marks mom had not spoken much.... Read more »

Coming To Grips with The Deterioration Of A Relationship

Recently I have had to reconcile with myself that not all the relationships I have been involved with are good for my health. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize that you have outgrown a pattern of engagement that was once your only foundation. Acquaintances  come and go, family members die, new friends... Read more »
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When Life Gives You Bananas, Make Banana Bread

When I met Caroline she was a very particular lady with impeccable taste for good clothing, accessories and jewelry.  She was always dressed to the nines and appeared to have everything in her apartment in perfect order. Her organization was something to be desired as she always had her papers piled neatly, her closet tidy... Read more »

An Allergy To Others

Let’s be honest. We are not always the best people for the job.  We may find ourselves stinking at the “parenting role” one day or really being a shitty friend.  There may even be times when we suck at our own professions, having a horrible day of screw-ups, mistakes and utter failures. This is true... Read more »

Ringing In the New Year With Bumpers For All

Time Log:  Year:  2017/ Day:  1/   Mantra Learned:  Bumpers For ALL! As a family we rang in 2017 in our new home, in a new city, in the new state that we now reside.  Spirits were high although exhausted from the move.  Kids appeared to be acclimating well and we were anxious to explore... Read more »
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Blindly Trusting To Gain Security

A few years back my husband and I took our three kids canoeing in southern Illinois. The wooden seats were damp with dew and the floor of each canoe held droplets of water from the previous boaters. The kids quickly acclimated to the fishy door as they leaned over to glance at the dark murky... Read more »

The Long Road Home

When I stop and think about it, the cost to caregiving has set my family back over 16 years. Now, don’t get me wrong, the pleasure we have had over the days, months and years watching our child overcome challenges is nothing I can put a price tag on. However I would be misleading if... Read more »

The Many Paths To Decision Making

As we pulled into the driveway of our new home, with pride as a new homeowner my husband ran to the garage to retrieve the shovel. The fresh coat of heavy wet snow was going to be removed from our porch and walkway immediately. As he cleared a path, I unloaded boxes. Once inside I... Read more »
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The Unpleasant Euphemism

Sharing a hotel room this weekend, my friend Tami and I in separate beds, we laughed and giggled like 12 year olds at a sleep over.  After a long day presenting at a conference, it was fun to finally have our feet up, let the glass (or two) of wine wash over our senses and... Read more »