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.”

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”

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”

My Summer ‘To Read’ List

This year I was lucky enough to go to the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference and hear the fantastic Nancy Lohr speak about writing for children. One of the first things she asked the group was “who here has read a children’s book recently?” More than half of us raised our hands. She was happy withContinue reading “My Summer ‘To Read’ List”

Progress, not perfection

Early in our marriage, my sweet hubs pointed out what I like to think of as humanity, but he calls a “charming quirk.” We’d eaten out, which we didn’t do often in those days (or these), and he noticed that as I talked, I cut my food into bite sized pieces, then selected a fewContinue reading “Progress, not perfection”

There’s a Book for That

I’ve never been a shoe person.  All my life, I’ve needed just handful of shoes to feel comfortable in any occasion. Need to dress up?  Black pumps.   Exercise?  Sneakers.  Is it summer?  Flip flops.  Winter?  Furry boots.  Have a class?  Plain white flats.  All purpose. No muss, no fuss. Give me a Scholastic book order form, orContinue reading “There’s a Book for That”