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 […]

Why I’d Rather Lean In to Tina Fey Than Sheryl Sandberg


Is there still a glass ceiling? Can women rise to the top? Can women in the workplace expect and demand equal working conditions? Yes, if you lean in. This idea is the foundation of Sheryl Sandberg’s first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. As COO of Facebook, Sandberg is in a […]

As I Get Older


A few months ago, I was hopping on an airplane to fly somewhere and I took my aisle seat. I looked over and saw a rather good looking guy sitting in the window seat. I was feeling pretty put together. Hair was done, makeup applied, and my best jeans on. I’ll admit, I wondered if […]

Blogmas 2013: Don’t Fence Me In

It’s the last day of Blogmas! That’s right. It’s Day Five of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my 20 favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, […]