The Mail Carrier

My daughter plopped down on the family room couch with a book one day, sprawling out and getting comfy. From my vantage point at the kitchen sink, I could just barely see the top of her head, her brown hair peeking above the sofa cushions. Suddenly, she popped her head up, like the mole in…

Utilize Use

Years ago, when I was a young college freshman, I took a course that forever changed my life. That course was Journalistic Writing and Editing.  It was a small class; there were only twelve of us on a good day. Because of our number – I presume – we met in a classroom just slightly…

The Eight Faces of Parenthood

The Big Grin. Your kid has just made you laugh from pure joy at something they did/said/expressed creatively. You just shared a moment. He/she is so awesome! A chip off the ol’ block! The Sitcom Blank Stare. Your sweet child has been talking for 10 minutes and just asked you for your opinion. You know…

The Secret Life of Homeschoolers

About this time last year, my husband Adam and I removed our two kids from public school. Tired of waiting for things to improve, we decided to cut our losses and move on. Adam checked out the finances to make sure it was a sound move. After a few moments contemplation, and lots of ‘hmmm’…

Adventures in Feng Shui

May the Force be with you Energy. What do you think of when you hear that word? Electricity? Power? For me, it’s the memory of sitting in a dark movie theater with dozens of other kids, watching the movie Star Wars. The movie tells the story of a young farm boy named Luke Skywalker as…

Visions of 2016

I love New Year’s eve. Two reasons. First, it is the birthdate of two of my favorite cousins. Second, I love resolutions! This time of year is great for looking back at where you’ve been in the last 12 months and thinking a bit about the upcoming year. Here’s my New Year’s resolutions: 1. Blog…

6 Lessons Learned at Work

Like most middle class Americans, I started working as a teenager – age 16 to be exact. My first job was as a file clerk in a business office. It was cushy by most first job standards –no manual labor or french fry oil involved. The only downside was working in a thick cloud of…

Marriage Must-Dos

Marriage gets a bum rap these days. Nothing scares people more than giving their full heart to someone, only to have it broken. But marriage isn’t all that difficult, really. Sure, there are ups and downs. And there are definitely situations in which it is best to throw in the towel and file for divorce….

New Year, New Blog

As this fantastic year draws to a close, I find that I am full of gratitude for what’s past and excitement about what’s to come. New Year, new me?  Absolutely not! New Year, old me with a new blog. Living, learning, and now, writing about it. Stay tuned.