“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” ~ James Taylor Decades ago, in my thirties, I was reading Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People (who wasn’t), when I stumbled upon an important concept embedded in the description of one of his seven practices. I actually stopped mid-paragraph to […]


I learned to entertain myself early in life. Anyone my age understands this because we didn’t have a lot of distractions in our day. No cell phones, iPads, planned play dates, club sports (if you were a girl), GameBoys, computers, or many television options. Except for Star Trek, of course, and yesterday Captain Kirk actually […]


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain I suppose it is not possible to visit new lands without […]


“Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.” Austin O’Malley Early this morning I awake to a murder of crows hiding out in my magnolia tree probably trying to verify if the heady conspiracy of an extra garbage day is true or not. I listen to their crazy banter as […]


I am settling into retirement as if a bull in the chute before a rodeo. All I can say is someone was a little overzealous with the flank strap.  All I do is run in circles creating dust, bucking the system, and getting nowhere.  Oh, and my cowboy, has been avidly vocalizing his displeasure with […]


I was five when I overdosed on baby aspirin. It may have come about through imaginative play, irresponsible parenting, and a deeply unacknowledged need to heal ourselves, but nevertheless ipecac was required. I’m mortified to admit this regretable narrative will repeat itself in the span of few decades.And quite possibly again, and again, “this is […]


As my daughter Julie and her husband Nic prepare for an evening wedding in the city I prepare to manage all three of their kids, under the age of three, single handedly. No. You read that correctly. Calm down I brought wine. As I pull into the drive I realize I’m praying, not only for fortitude, […]


My Enneagram number has changed so many times they’ve asked me to refrain from claiming a personality type. The Enneagram is an ancient tool for self-discovery, they claim there are nine ways of being in the world, and if you know your dominate personality you can confront challenges from a place of strength. At one time […]


I’ve been wearing the apron in my house for thirty-three years, and as you know, an apron is just a cape on backwards. The kitchen is where I danced to Toby Keith, sipped cheap chardonnay, and fantasied about turning a pig’s butt into a Julia Child’s worthy meal. In the early years, cooking was more of […]

It’s the first week of Lent and already I’ve failed miserably. I found myself savoring a crispy piece of bacon before realizing I was eating meat, forbidden on Fridays during the forty some days of Lent, and to make matters worse, it was a garnish on a rather juicy cheeseburger, which I quickly consumed along […]