// Monaco in the morning, summer 2012 //...more

How Blogging Has Changed My Life

NaBloPoMo – BlogHer – March 2014Monday, March 10, 2014 How has blogging changed your life? Tell us one thing that is different now than from before you started blogging.~~~~~~~~Blogging has helped me hone my writing skills. I started blogging fifteen-months ago, after a 30-plus years hiatus. I had continued journaling, nearly every day, but writing for the public had been nearly non-existent....more

The Change in my Son

I wrote this, originally, 2 years ago -- thought it might help other parents:My oldest was having a horrible time in school. Couldn't finish projects, following directions, his grades were falling fast. I was at a complete loss — he is so bright; an 85 year old scientist trapped in an 8 year body. It was baffling.His teacher did so many things to help him get on task and focus, but nothing worked....more

New Year New Heat

So I have gone back to exercise class after the break.I have decided to tweak stuff a little more: I am adding heat to my diet! They say that your metabolism, when you are over 50,may need a little help, and upping your intake of spicy food might help.Taking one tiny step for me, I had jalapeno cheese this morning.Granted I know I am going to have afterthoughts about eating this, but I figure you have to start somewhere.I’ll keep you posted....more

Crosspost: Imagination Apps as a Tool for Change

Feeling Stuck? Turn AroundWhen I am trying to change my perspective or behavior in a specific way, having a visual representation that I can upload to my mind is a big help. Think of it as a kind of imagination app—an image or scene that supports and guides us through new, uncomfortable territory....more

Reverb 2013 - Day 13

One day left. Well, one day for me anyway. Today's prompt:Favorite things: Give us a list of your favorite things from 2013. Could be material items, food, people, anything!...more

Reverb 2013 - Day 3

My low point.I think my lowest point this year was when both Baby and I were sobbing simultaneously. I had been struggling and struggling, trying to get things right, then just trying to get things....more

Ah...Monday Monday

I cannot be the only one....whose family has an allergic reaction to Monday mornings, although our allergies aren't sniffy noses or red eyes, rather they manifest themselves as moans, groans, and stomach aches that appear mysteriously.  In the midst of all this Monday morning agony there are shoes and socks to find, lunch boxes and juice boxes to pack, and car keys forgotten on the hook by the door all keeping us from getting a move on....more

Don't Be a Doormat!

If I could change one thing about myself, it would be to become more assertive and ask if I can have unlimited changes.  Is that cheating?  It's like asking for a million wishes if granted only three wishes.  Seriously, I bombard my brain with ideas for self-imporvement all day, everyday.  Worse than that, I structure my kids days and life to what I believe will raise them to be happy and healthy boys.  Contrary to popular views, I think my boys are struggling and need the right boost....more

Teaching Children To Cope With Change

We know that young children feel safe and secure when they have a steady routine.  Knowing what comes next is how they measure time.   They feel more self-assured when they are with people they know and trust in a familiar environment.  The same is true for older children and adults.  Rare is the adult who thrives from the knowledge that change is coming.  Even more unusual are those adults who institute change.   It is so unusual that we have come up with names for them - “change agents.”  But then life changes and we look at each other and say,...more