Lisa Lucke

I am moved by nature's beauty, preferably when viewed over the shoulder of my loving husband, a double Martini, extra dirty, up with two olives sitting on the table in front of me, from the deck of the lakeside saloon somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains. When I'm not doing that, I'm writing, running, kissing, hugging, waiting, chasing, folding, sorting, peeling, chopping...

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Women to Match My Mountains, Part 2

Oct 10, 2014

When last we met, I had just spent the first night of my weekend alone in my mountain cabin, mostly reading, writing, and trying to keep up with my hound’s extreme neediness, including sleeping in the exact center of the bed and needing to go outside in the pitch blackness to pee.

8:00 a.m.,...

Women to Match My Mountains, Pt. 1

Sep 19, 2014

Within a few hours of arriving at our mountain cabin this past summer for a weekend alone with my thoughts and to do a little writing, I realized something: Without my kids around, I didn’t have much to write about. Or did I? Not more than a couple of hours had gone by when...

The Last Word

Aug 29, 2014

Despite regular threats to throw myself off the porch, which actually means grabbing a beer out of the garage fridge and heading to the front yard for a time out, I’m in no hurry to die, or overly curious about what happens “on the other side.” I’m just reminded of the topic now and...

Freshmen on my Mind

Aug 8, 2014
Freshmen on my Mind

Freshman orientation is today. Since I have two of that variety in my household, the freshman experience is really on my mind lately.

I had just moved to a new town at the end of eighth grade, so I began my freshman year with one friend—my next door neighbor who was kind enough to...

A Room of One’s Own

Jul 26, 2014

It’s almost that time of year again—the time when my kids go away for a summer visit to their dad’s house in Southern California for a couple of weeks. I miss my kids when they’re away, but not right at first. Right at first I do a lot of skipping, and singing, and then...

The Stick Diet

Jul 18, 2014

For me, just thinking about a state or county fair brings to mind fond childhood memories of hurling through the air on the Scrambler, clattering through the fun house, and most vividly, the smell of goat manure in the morning. There really is nothing quite like it, except for possibly the smell of a...

Talkative or Silent: Which Kid Do You Prefer?

Jun 6, 2014

Recently, on Geniusbook, a friend of mine groused about her teenager, who seems to be perpetually on mute. She can’t get a word out of him. The responses to her post were split pretty evenly when it came to what’s worse: verbal diarrhea or the silent treatment. Some moms complained of constant chatter and...

The Ultimate Diet Plan: Do Nothing

May 30, 2014

Doing nothing is not only not exhausting, but, as luck would have it, calorie-burning. Check out this data from
Although the average adult human brain weighs about 1.4 kilograms, only 2% of total body weight, it demands 20% of our resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the total amount of energy our bodies expend in one very lazy day...

Menopause: A Beginner’s Guide

May 15, 2014

About the only times I’ve really spent any money on myself to get in shape throughout the years is for gym memberships and yoga. I think I’ve belonged to a gym three times in my adult life, for about a year each time. The first time was post-first baby, when I lived in Southern...

The Surreal Housewife does breakfast: “You got more sauce on your cinnamon roll than me”

Apr 28, 2014

Sometimes, the lines that define the relationships around our house get a little blurry. Like a recent Sunday morning, when I served up a hot breakfast, including cinnamon rolls, to my husband and daughter. Breakfast for three. Easy, right?

The patrons sat down at the table, side by side, eyeing one another’s portion of...

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