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Siblings without Rivalry

Siblings without Rivalry

When we were growing up we had a 1978 Chevy Impala station wagon. It was pale yellow, huge, had rear wheel drive, and felt like sailing a boat over the road. We – my parents, brother, two sisters, and I – took many family road […]

The Most Important Things I’ve Learned

The Most Important Things I’ve Learned

  There was the typical amount of squabbling in any big-sister/little-brother relationship. Most of the time we were close; occasionally somebody did something to somebody else and somebody else threatened to tell on somebody. At one point, around ages 5 and 7, an egregious deed […]

Lessons Learned on a Cruise

Lessons Learned on a Cruise

Pace yourself with the food and alcohol intake. Seriously. The pillows are actually very comfortable. There are some really funny cruise ship comedians! Don’t pay to have internet access. You will gain a new perspective on your life. I just got back from my first […]

Things I Learned from Divorce

Things I Learned from Divorce

Seventeen years ago this month, my divorce was finalized. I think more than anything else that’s happened in my life, all these years later, being divorced makes me feel like a failure. (The only thing that comes close is losing my house, which happened four […]

The Middle Ground of Middle Age

The Middle Ground of Middle Age

It was my birthday. After class, I changed my clothes and drove to the large chain drugstore where I worked. I went to the back area where the employee lockers were and stowed my purse and jacket and walked back to the time clock to […]

What Becomes of Six and a Half Pounds

What Becomes of Six and a Half Pounds

21 years ago I held this guy in my arms for the first time and was paralyzed by the thought of how much my life would change, having no idea that it would change even more than I had thought it could. This guy, who […]

The Journey: My Parenting Milestones

The Journey: My Parenting Milestones

I looked up “top parenting milestones” online, since with Aidan’s high school graduation this month I’ve made it to what I consider one of the biggest, and the first three pages of the search engine lists milestones for new parents. Baby milestones, like first time […]

Looking for Closure, Part 2

Looking for Closure, Part 2

[If you have not read Part 1 of this post, I encourage you to do so as it provides the background story as to why I would be seeking closure on a mountain.] For the second time in fifteen years, I was stuck on this […]

Looking for Closure, Part 1

Looking for Closure, Part 1

  I scramble over boulders, some the size of small cars. My legs slip in between them; I twist my ankles. Trying to hurry, I trip multiple times and scrape my shins, knees, and hands. My backpack, now empty of food and water, slides around […]

Action Is More Powerful Than Motivation

Action Is More Powerful Than Motivation

Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan was coined in 1988 at an advertising agency meeting. The founder of Wieden+Kennedy agency credits the inspiration for the slogan to the last words of Gary Gilmore (an American criminal who gained international notoriety for demanding the execution of his death sentence for two […]