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. […]

I Swear I’m Not Drunk

I know some folks are gonna tsk-tsk that headline and offer prayers for my soul. That’s okay, I can use all the prayers I can get. I’m in a mood and as usual, I’m gonna write about it.  As I’m writing the words, “I’m in a mood…,” my brain is all SHUT ‘ER DOWN, MISSY! […]

Grace For The Day

Grace. I love what the word grace does for my soul and for the possibility of all it holds. Grace for the day; grace for the way, baby. Having a saving grace, saves. Burdened with sin; blessed with grace. Grace. I wrote this post in 2014 for Sweet E, but it resonates with me, with […]

Remember The Caretaker!

So many many times during our chemo days (yes, they were ours, not just mine, as Garry took on much of the weight of those days), I would look to my dear Husband, my new caretaker, and feel an overpowering love I have never felt in all our 32-years of marriage. A gentle, no-words-needed, constant […]

Weathering The Storm of Medical Bad News

I love a good book. If that book also offers sound advice while dealing with a medical crisis, I’ll not only be grateful, but will pass it along to you guys. This is that book. From Back Cover: When the diagnosis is serious, what makes the difference between hope and despair? As a practicing oncologist, […]

Food For The Soul

Mondays I traditionally post a new recipe, but today it’s a recipe for joy; today I offer food for the soul. In the midst of chemo treatments, on a day I was paying and organizing medical bills (yikes!), a note from my dearly departed grandmother literally fell into my lap. It was the calming balm […]

I Meant For This to Go Differently

I’m an organizer; I love it.  Nothing better than a good list and solid plan to follow in order to get things done.  Make the list.  Do the list. Throw away checked-off completed list.  Make new list. What follows contradicts everything I just said.  In my busy gal defense, it happens.  Not often, but when […]

5 Keys to a Happy Marriage

Garry and I have been married for over 32 years and we’re honestly happier than ever.  Not that it’s always been easy; anything this valuable doesn’t come without a price.  We’ve earned our marriage battle scars, but more importantly, when faced with the hardness of life, we’ve taken the path of joy and having a […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: We are all Broken and Needy

This subject is hard.  Who wants to admit to being needy?  To being broken?  No one, that’s who.  Yet, we are.  Each and every one of us. Sweet E, my lovely little man, how I love you and your brokenness, your neediness.  Don’t be afraid.  Don’t fear what is uncomfortable to face. When I was […]

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