Resisting the Blues—Like a Boss

  I stepped over to my manager's cube and announced my depression. It occurred to me yesterday morning before heading into work, all slumped against my pillow with TODAY and a mug of coffee, that this persistent weight of sadness even Hoda can't cheer away is simple, unmistakable, good ole fashioned "feeling depressed." And searching … Continue reading Resisting the Blues—Like a Boss

Found Wonder: Parenting Teens Can Be Downright Astonishing

Dear Moms and Dads of Tiny Ones, Less blog post than Sunday snapshot of my life, this here message is a note of encouragement to parents covered in applesauce and urine and floating through the bodily fluid era of parenting. It feels like this, too, will not pass, and as aggravating as it can be, it's a precious … Continue reading Found Wonder: Parenting Teens Can Be Downright Astonishing

Be Thanking

Living on pins, needles these past months since Surviving a second heart attack in eleven years I'm finally Beginning to relax, Feeling better, better than back to normal, lighter, back to Working at my Marketing job for a Publishing company, which isn't all that creative but freed me to reserve my creative energies for Digging into deep thesis revisions, finally … Continue reading Be Thanking

Healing The Heart with a Big Giant Kid and a Little Kiddie Lit

The second sweetest thing about cardiac recovery is the extravagance of time you find to loll on the screened porch playing the synopsis game with your 18 year-old son, who hasn’t yet read the books you’ve loved in college and half a lifetime, but who has read the books you loved and hated in high school but can’t recall.

A Pleasant Day to Be My Kids: How To Throw Off An Abductor—Make A Scene

I don't know what it is about being sick that sends the mind into the dark places, but moments ago as I drove home my sweet innocent, exercise-flushed daughter from her bball game, and my son from the dropping off library materials (Citizen Kane blu-ray and some evolution art book), it occurred to me that … Continue reading A Pleasant Day to Be My Kids: How To Throw Off An Abductor—Make A Scene

This Just In: I’m A Harlot, Not An Adulteress! (Aren’t We All) Thoughts On HJR-3 and Me and Not Being a Stinky Christian

So therefore, dear reader, anyone who has ever had sex outside of marriage—including before marriage, which, according to the Waiting Till Marriage website's article 4 Cool Statistics About Abstinence in the USA, takes 97% of American citizens out of the running as marriage material—really has no business tying the knot.

It’s Not Flashy, It’s Not the Himalayas Or Vegas; BUT Giving Back (and not) Can Happen Here and Small

Brooke and Jeff are taking a year away from their real jobs as social worker and physical therapist to travel the world writing and photographing for a social justice travel magazine—first to Rwanda, then Cambodia, Nepal, Vegas and Cuba. Kind of kicks the shit out of the cans of creamed corn and kidney beans I plunked into a grocery bag and placed on my front porch for a local church to pick up for their food drive a few Sundays ago.

Free to Report Bullying

In the handbook of the school system attended by my children and funded by my household, under the section about bullying (defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal ... communication ... by a student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate or harm the other student) there is a point that states: Parents should feel free to report suspected acts of bullying to an appropriate school official.

Jen Sherrick Shot My Babies and My Heart

(With her Canon.) This photographer sees the beauty I see in my children and captures it on film. More examples in a later post, but check this artist's work on Jen's website. And see the cutie brother and sister on her blog! Yep, on the July 14 post, them's my babies! Here's the headshot Jack … Continue reading Jen Sherrick Shot My Babies and My Heart