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Revisiting Gratitude

May 28, 2015

I have a friend who is going through a really, really tough time right now. When she confided in me, I felt a mix of honor that she trusted me, and obligation to help her through. What came to my mind first? Gratitude. I know gratitude is all over the news. I myself have...

Sheep Shearer’s Children In Lake Tahoe

May 18, 2015

 William Bolt was my two-times great grandfather. An adventurous spirit, as a young man in the late 1880s he traveled back and forth from St. Louis, Missouri to Laramie, Wyoming with his cousin Harry to work as sheep shearers. Lucky for me, his passion for storytelling compelled him to keep a detailed journal of...

Rose Colored Memories

Apr 28, 2015

The first time you took me there I couldn’t have been more than 12. My brown hair was cut shoulder length, signifying my emerging teenage angst. It was the 1970s, and stripes were all the rage. I remember that sweater, the pale yellow, rose and powder blue horizontals didn’t do anything for my pudgy...

I Got Published! In A Book! It’s The Ride of a Lifetime!

Apr 16, 2015

Have you ever done something that seemed like a good idea at the time? Have you ever jumped into a project, or an adventure just because you felt so strongly in your soul that it was the right thing to do? When my kids and I started volunteering for a Nicaraguan non-profit called Seeds...

An Ordinary 48 Hour Weekend-Is It Just Like Yours?

Apr 4, 2015

Get ready, weekend. My boys are both in their beds. When I check on the little one, he still looks like my three-year-old Bob The Builder. I’ll still make him an Easter basket today. My furry 16 pounds of fury is curled up, quietly snoring by my side. Fresh Sumatra steams within arm’s reach....

What Happens When You Focus On Your Words?

Apr 1, 2015

It was a normal Thursday afternoon. I pulled my red Prius into the garage after a long day at school, ready for the weekend. Our car ride chatter was nothing short of normal – with my teenage son, I’ve learned that some days are talking days, and some are best to be left quiet...

When Your Kids Are Athletes, Life Shifts

Mar 27, 2015

Looking back over the last eight years, I realize I’ve put tens of thousands of miles on my cars. I’ve worn through two sets of snow tires, at least three sets of snow cables, and bottle after bottle of anti-freeze windshield washer liquid. I’ve learned to keep blankets, towels, shovels, lighters, lanterns, water and...

Living In Between Love and Fear

Mar 6, 2015

“…the Outside had taught him that there wasn’t much difference between loving someone and being afraid of them. Loving a person meant needing them to stay: alive, around. But the shadow that love can’t help but cast is fear: fear they won’t stay alive or around–fear they’ll be reckless, or doomed, or just walk...

Kindness Matters

Feb 21, 2015

Six months ago, I wrote an essay about my son’s injury at Mt. Hood. I called it “Broken”, and you can read the original piece here. It was hard for me to write; I was going through some emotional times during the summer, and, as with any time a parent sees their child injured,...

Real Love In Real Life

Feb 16, 2015

I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey or any of the sequels. I don’t plan on seeing the movie, and I’m getting tired of all the media hype. Watching women coo and drool and act like what is depicted on those pages and projected on the screen is real love in real life is making...

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