What I’ll Tell Sweet E: You Are NOT Your Failures, Losses or Tragedies

You Are NOT Your Failures, Losses or Tragedies

When you get to be my age you’ve had your share of failures, losses and tragedies.  Some of them may leave scars that never fully close.  Some of them are brought back to you by a seemingly innocuous reminder, years after you thought you had firmly dealt with the pain.  Some of them embarrass, torment, […]

Are your Kitchen Sponges Trying to Kill You?

How to Eliminate 99.9% of Bacteria in Kitchen Sponges

Who else shivered at the thought of dirty germy kitchen sponges being used to wipe down cabinets or countertops? ~ugh~ Facts are facts, Jack.  Most kitchen sponges harbor harmful pathogens that have the potential to make us sick with potentially life-threatening food poisoning. ~double ugh~ That’s why I wanted to share this simple household tip […]

“…we couldn’t shut you up.”

Why I Write

OMT! was born to a few things, one of which is writing.  Writing is as innate to me as running or cake eatin’. Rarely does a day go by that I haven’t put something to paper or computer file. As The German once said to me: Apparently, I gots lots to say, people. Probably doesn’t […]

5 Easy Steps to Find Focus

How to Find Focus

How’s your to-do list looking?  How high is your laundry pile?  Does the idea of staying focused long enough to plan anything, a party, a meal, a day with friends make you want to collapse into a nap?  Are your eyebrows squinched together in annoyance, just reading this?  Yeah, I know how you feel. I’m […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: You Determine Your Way

What I'll Tell Sweet E: You Determine Your Way

Dear Sweet E, I’ve left you with so much advice in this last year.  So many words about the things I know to be true. Maybe some of my wisdom won’t be what you need or remotely apply to the where you’re headed.  Maybe you’ll humor your granny and tell me that it was a […]

I’m. Sorry.

Saying I'm Sorry

Two small words.  Immeasurably large impact. I’m sorry.  So simple.  So eloquent.  So rarely offered. Why is that? Why is it when some have harmed us, intentionally or not, literally or not, gleefully or not, they find it difficult to say, “I’m sorry.” Why is that so damned hard? Here’s what I want when I’m […]

Everything Good Needs Time

Everything Good Takes Time

In my mountains of research that I do for post ideas, I came across this gem: 9 Rules for Success by British Novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901 6. “Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always […]

The Best Advice No One Ever Gave Me

Best Advice No One Ever Gave Me

In the last year, as Sweet E has grown, I keep finding myself telling Husband, “I need to tell Boy/Girl _____.  No one ever told me that and I wished they had.” The best advice no one ever gave me, but would have been gratefully received, was that we’d make it through whatever calamity or […]

Shoot I Do 101


By now you’ve heard the news: I bought a fancy-pants camera and I need to learn how to use it, outside of auto mode.  FREAK OUT!  No really.  That’s what happens in my head on a regular basis these days.  I can’t count how many deep breathes I’ve taken in the last few weeks. Each […]

10 Steps to Recover From a Beat Down

10 Steps to Recover From a Beat Down

Beat downs (to harass or crush one’s spirit) come in many forms. I’ve suffered more than I can count in my life and I have some advice I’d like to offer about how to recover from one that seems insurmountable.  Nope, I’m not talking about our recent foray into the world of buying a car […]