The Perceived Sense of Quiet

How We Love

Sometimes, it’s the loss we feel the most. Or at least, it’s what we feel immediately – the warmth, the cuddles, the wet nose, the haphazard licking searching for my face. There’s a hole in my heart for sure. It’s an actual physical pain and ache to complement the emotional loss as well. But the […]

Finding Fault and Talking About It


“The kids called me fat again,” said my beautiful little boy as he stood before me. His mouth was turned down and his eyes were watering. “Do you want me to go talk to them?” I asked. The lioness in me already had her claws out but this was his decision. He nodded. “Do you want to […]

How To Run A 5K With Hardly Any Training


I’ve been anti-bucket list for some time. I believe more in living in the moment and seizing opportunities as they arise. I still do but I also realize it’s good to have goals, even if they’re pie in the sky goals. So I created a list of 50 things that I might like to someday […]

239 Souls on Board

Malaysia Flight

With the advent of social media, it’s made it so much easier to keep up with news headlines, especially the most sensationalist ones. It was Twitter that told me of Michael Jackson’s death. It was Facebook that revealed that Harold Ramis had passed away. A celebrity death spreads like wildfire. But so do other events, […]

Do We Really Need A Bucket List?

Browning Quote

I don’t recall ever hearing the term “bucket list” until the movie of the same name came out in 2007. Although I’ve never seen the movie, I actually love the premise. Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they […]

Why We Need Winter


We need winter. It’s a reminder that life needs to slow down, take a break, and, yes, sometimes make us a little miserable to be able to appreciate that there is always another season. Without a cloudy, gray day complete with drizzle, or sometimes a downpour, we wouldn’t really be able to appreciate the ease […]

A Snowpocalypse in Just 9 Steps!


It was the best of snow, it was the worst of snow. And it certainly has been the winter of our discontent. It was bad enough to spend last week in (mostly) sunny and (mostly) warm Florida for a vacation getaway and then come home to the cold reminders of winter. But to get hit […]

On Not Drinking the Haterade

Don't Drink the Haterade

Sometimes, it’s hard to practice what you preach. For example, I’m trying to raise my son to see people for who they are. Some people have lighter skin and some have darker. Some are taller and some are shorter. Some men marry women and some men marry men. I try to talk about these things […]

Something About Old People


I think we all know that ageism exists. While forty is the new twenty, sixty is apparently still over the hill. I could tell you so many stories of parents of my generation who have lost their jobs never to be employed again, even if they wanted to. They’re too old, too unskilled, too expensive, […]

Game Day Giving

Things You Probably Didn’t Know about National Geographic Kids


I mentioned a while ago that I’m working as a National Geographic Kids Insider. I may not have talked that much about what that means. I signed on to work with National Geographic Kids as a sort of unpaid ambassador for several reasons: 1. I have been in love with their magazine for as long […]