Photography For Beginners: Composition and The Rule of Thirds

If you’re new here, this is a reminder that we’re working through Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs (< NOT sponsored) with our DSLRs. I’m happy you’re here to join the fun! Today we’re going to explore composition. If you’re wondering why we aren’t going right to the DSLR controls, it’s because […]

When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

I’m writing this late on a Friday afternoon, while drinking a cold beer in celebration (NOT DRUNK!) and thinking of the week ahead and the milestone I’ll pass. I’m overwhelmed in emotion, sitting here, pounding out the words that foretell of my very near future, trying like hell not to cry, again. What has me […]

5 Things I’m Grateful For Right Now

Quick, name 5 things you’re grateful for right now… Did you hesitate? Or were you able to knock out five solid things? I hesitated when I first saw the question, but it wasn’t because I didn’t have five easy go-to items to impress you with my speed (like that could ever happen.~snort~), it was because […]

5 Reasons To Stop Setting Goals For Your Adult Children

What?! There are folks out there setting goals for their adult children? Um, apparently. I’m as shocked as you. Are we living on a compound? Are we jungle people (that kinda seems unfair to those who reside in the jungle)? Are we so fixated on the lives of our children and not our own that […]

What Do We Tell Our Children? The Truth of Love.

Three years ago there was a bombing on U.S soil at the Boston Marathon. It was senseless (aren’t they all?), outrageous and scary as hell. Suddenly bombings were happening to us, to the collective us, and our children saw and heard about it, which meant we had to talk about what they saw and heard. […]

Is Maple Syrup the New Super Food?

Can it be? Can something so delicious as maple syrup be considered the new super food? Be still my sweet-loving tooth! A study released by the impressive Dr. Navindra Seeram of the University of Rhode Island, suggests maple syrup, the pancake’s and waffle’s BFF, is on the cusp of stardom (pending more studies, of course!). […]

Even A Beating Is Better Than Chemo, Right?

My surgeon…he’s a funny guy. Side Note: NO, I will NOT get on the table for this exam. I’ve got a paper shirt on and that’s as far as I go today, thank you very much. Side Note #2: This is the same pic filtered through the fun Prisma App! I have so much fun […]

How To: Drop Cloth Privacy Curtains for Your Patio

2-years ago, I shared a tutorial on how to make drop cloth privacy curtains for your patio; it regularly falls in OMT’s top five posts! In the two years that we have had these in place, not one week has gone by that I don’t mention how happy they make me. NOT ONE! Pretty good […]

Post-Breast Cancer Treatment Collateral Damage

My public journey through breast cancer is well-documented on this site.  (Key the words “breast cancer” into the search bar and you’ll find the posts.) Today, I’m yapping about the collateral damage that can accompany a diagnosis. You know, cause having breast cancer is just. not. hellish. enough. To start, when newly diagnosed, you focus […]

When We Falter, Where Do We Turn?

There are so many new readers here that I thought I’d share a few posts from my early days, starting with this one. When I write, I try to keep at the forefront of my thoughts that we are the same, you and I. We are the same, even if we don’t believe in the […]