What happened when I started a diet: A cautionary tale.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’m staring down the barrel of (at least) one family member’s wedding, a multi-decade high school reunion, and a cruise. Not only do I need to boost my stamina and endurance for these exciting events, I would love to feel comfortable in something other than sweatpantsContinue reading “What happened when I started a diet: A cautionary tale.”

An Open Letter to My Teenage Son

Dear Son, You came into our world and brought joy with you.  You brought a fierce, pure heart and a genuine love that humbles me daily. In your relatively few years on this earth, you’ve been blessed with triumphs as well as sorrows; gifts as well as challenges. Your faith and “silver lining” attitude has helpedContinue reading “An Open Letter to My Teenage Son”

Cheese is the perfect vehicle for cheese.

My family gathered ’round the kitchen table early afternoon the day after Thanksgiving. Football was on, the kids were heavy into a foosball tournament, and us grownup-types were snacking and visiting. Waltzing down memory lane over leftover turkey.  It was good stuff. The visiting, that is, not the leftover turkey (although that was pretty goodContinue reading “Cheese is the perfect vehicle for cheese.”

The power of being chosen

For weeks, my kiddo had been searching for a place to take karate lessons. I schlepped him to trial classes in pretty much every studio within a 15-mile radius.  No joy. “Too noisy. Find another one, Mom.” “Too many kids.” “Not enough kids my age.” “Too drill sergeant-y.” “Too crazy. No rules.” Goldilocks had it easy. “Find another one,Continue reading “The power of being chosen”

99 Days

In my previous career, my employer was a big proponent of the management principle “measure what matters.” They had quantifiable goals for just about everything, from length of employment to number of phone calls the customer care line answered in an hour to how many Facebook ‘likes’ each post received. It’s been several years sinceContinue reading “99 Days”

How to get through the long winter

No, this isn’t a Game of Thrones post. Sorry. This is yet another post about how my kid amazes me. When we moved from a southern state to one a little further north six (!?!) years ago, I dread spending  long, grey winters indoors. Until I saw how happy it made my kiddo. Me:  (wrapping scarf #2Continue reading “How to get through the long winter”