Be Brave

My daughter and I like to shop. As hobbies go, I don’t recommend it. It doesn’t provide a ton of aerobic exercise and it’s hard on the wallet. It’s not even all that successful in curing that most potent of human disease – boredom. But I digress. The other day, my daughter and I were…stamping out a little boredom…when she […]

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Olympic-size Lessons

I love watching the Olympics.  As a former athlete, I can understand and admire the years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice of those who have attained this level of achievement.  The back stories give us a glimpse into the daily lives of these amazing competitors and shed a bit of light, however brief, on what these boys and girls, […]

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Cue the Rocky Balboa Theme Song

I have been silent for quite some time now.  There are times in life when, despite our best efforts, we sink below the surface, unable to tread water, no longer willing to keep our hearts and minds in hopeful expectation of better days.  I remember reading once, in some self-help book, that we humans are moved to change our lives […]

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The curse of the double-wide stroller…

Disneyland is, of course, the happiest place on earth.  My daughter and I just spent two days roaming the vastness that is Disneyland and California Adventure as a celebratory march into her 16th year of life.  There is something about this place that brings back that childhood joyousness and innocence, nudges us to let go of all things stressful and painful, […]

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No longer a family…

It’s a funny thing, this parenting journey.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into but, then again, who does?  I hadn’t planned my entrance into the world of motherhood when I found myself pregnant, but I was certainly old enough and financially capable enough to start a family.  And so I did.  And, oh, how it rocked […]

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One last goodbye…

My much-beloved aunt is dying.  We are all here, at the hospital, gathering, fussing, hovering.  We have come from near and far because of our intense love for this force of a woman and because we cannot fathom that she is actually leaving us.  For as long as I can remember, my aunt has been the glue that holds this […]

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Letting go

My mother is 83 years old.  She weighs 75 pounds this week, 7 lbs less than she did five days ago.  Her doctor has said that at 60 pounds, her organs would begin to shut down , so any sudden weight loss means an immediate trip to the ER.  Over the past five years, my poor mother has been in […]

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Gather no moss….

It’s a simple enough concept, this idea of “settling down”.  It’s what we humans do, is it not?  When we come into this world, all brand spankin’ new, pink and chubby, and all seemingly bearing a remarkable resemblance to Winston Churchill, we are the products of our parent’s path into settling down, raising a family, and becoming one with their […]

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Coming of age…

Lately, when I venture over to Facebook, I see, more often  than not, the same “Suggested Post”.  Now, I am fully aware that these posts will show up based on things I’ve posted in my own feed or things I’ve perused on the wonderful world wide open-to-anyone-to-stalk-you web.  For example, I expect to see suggested posts about Universal Studios Hollywood […]

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