Love from my Point of View

Kayla, a co-worker told Alice, “You finally get to meet Mr. Perfect.” Alice thinking Kayla was being sarcastic asked, “Is he really not that great?” Kayla realizing the misinterpretation clarified, “He really is that great, as great as Jennifer always makes him out to be.” I smiled upon hearing this story. My husband is brilliant,[…]

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Wanted: Jubilant Sports Mom to Cheer at All My Kids’ Games

I am not a sports mom. Our spring soccer season was unpleasant this year. Between losing every game and the weather going from frigid Antarctic cold to melting Sahara desert hot, I was miserable. There were games we didn’t even score and the league seemed to be pretty lenient on calling any kind of foul[…]

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Warning: Daring courage can compromise a devastating divorce

This here’s a story about Eric Joe and Janie Sue Young and just starting their adult lives, Jane and Eric were setup on a surprise blind date when a mutual friend asked them both to meet for ice cream. Eric was so taken by Jane that he surprised her at work the next day asking[…]

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Infertility: Stop the hope and disappointment roller coaster!

One in eight couples of child bearing age is affected by infertility. One in eight! My husband and I are one of those unlucky couples. You’re overreacting We tried for over a year before I went to the OBGYN asking if there could be a problem. My OB quickly dismissed my worry as I had[…]

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The truth about crying in your friend’s barn

I can count on one hand the times I have said “I need help”, “I am in a dark place”, “Can I come cry on your shoulder?”, but life delivered consecutive crushing blows one week. The hits kept coming until I buckled under the weight of the burden. My husband was seriously injured (health) and[…]

Shame and boundaries

Last evening on our way home, Dominic asked me if ten-years-old is too young to like someone. “Define like,” I said. “Not like boyfriend and girlfriend, but different. I don’t know I can’t explain it.” “Because you are embarrassed or because you cannot find the right words?” “I can’t find the words.” “Is it like[…]

Real Life Lessons of Motherhood

I say things I never thought I would “Take the plastic bag off of your head,” I said to my seven-year-old son. “Why?” “Because you can suffocate and die. How many times have I told you not to put plastic bags over your head?” “A lot.” Are my kids the reason for these ridiculous warning[…]

Nature’s healing magic

Earth, the only planet that we have found to support life, the source of our very existence. Today we celebrate the beautiful blue and green marble we call home. Nature seems to hold some sort of mystical healing magic. Being outside has always brought me a sense of peace. Repeating patterns, cause and effect, weather,[…]

What I have learned from my siblings

I grew up the oldest and only girl of three children. My younger brothers are twins, four and a half years younger than me. We were typical siblings who squabbled in an attempt to assert dominance over each other, but who also fiercely protected one another from anyone outside our family. First or last, we[…]

How self-preservation nearly destroyed my life

A divorced mother of two, I was just another statistic. A foolish girl who had hoped her youthful romance would last, that two people could grow up together, embracing lineal change simultaneously. How did I get things so wrong? When it all started, I was a hopeless romantic and full of grand gestures as well[…]

Merry [imperfect] Christmas

Ah, Christmas, the most wonderful time of year. Well, sometimes when we are not incredibly busy, stressed, or countering the most recent curveball to our best-laid plans. Many Christmas movies would have us believe the holidays are picturesque. Full of miracles, beautiful decorations, mountains of gifts, and families that never argue, these movies portray the[…]

Finding quality professionals amid the HealthCARE Crisis

There is a healthcare crisis in America. No, I am not referencing Obamacare or associated costs. I am troubled by the lack of genuine care and concern for the wellbeing of other humans. HealthCARE in the title itself insinuates the field cares about health. Whose health? The health of the patient, right? I have had[…]

Ordinary is extraordinary

Often I find myself busy in everyday life, rushing through the simple pleasures. Instead of enjoying my favorite parts of each day, I begin looking forward to a long awaited vacation, three-day weekends, holidays, or any special events thinking they will be amazing, making up for the moments lost to the hustle. The truth is,[…]

My Tribe: Beautiful reciprocal souls

You have a friend in me. Certain people have always captivated me; those whose eyes shine brightly.  It’s as though the light and depth of their souls cannot be contained by the human body, it must luminously radiate through their eyes. Naturally reassuring with their peaceful presence, gracefully and gently encouraging others along life’s path.[…]