It’s just a phase

Phases. We go through many of them as parents. Some breeze on by before we give them much more than a second thought. Others – whether or short or long-lived – cause us worry and occupy our minds and hearts as we’re trying to tell ourselves, “It’s just a phase.”...more

Retirement-the Advanced Class

A co-worker just came by and announced someone in management is retiring tomorrow.“Good”, I said.I agree with the get out of Dodge quick theory.After all, you have worked your years and you should be able to make your own call. Some people may not want to leave, but feel it is time. Others want to get on with their own life and leave it all behind.Not everyone is looking for a party.It shouldn’t be taken personally, because when it comes your turn, you want to go out the way you’d want to go.Just cherish the good times and learn from the bad....more

Making peace with my past

Everyone, or almost everyone, looks back at different parts of their life at times. I never met anyone who said they didn’t.Being at middle age, I have parts of my past that, perhaps, I would have done differently. There are choices that would have had different outcomes,..I don’t know, you just go over things and examine the different variables.Please don’t take this the wrong way: I am loving my life and thank God every day for Jim and my girls....more

The Pressure of Choices

Daily Prompt: Captive’s Choice and NaBloPoMo ~ January 19, 2014 NaBloPoMo ~ Free WriteDaily Prompt: Captive’s Choice...more

Death is Out of the Closet

It used to be a simple choice – burial or cremation. Pine box or steel fortress. Ashes saved for lockets and urns or scattered to the wind or ocean. If you really wanted to get fancy, you could hire a plane and pilot to scatter them over the city of your choice.The good news is that death is no longer a four letter word. It’s out of the closet and getting a lot of attention. Dying has even become part of the cornucopia of consumer decisions. We now have lots of choices for where we want to spend eternity....more
I didn't realize there were all these decisions!  Can you still be cryogenically preserved. ...more


The day I quit my day job.I gave my two weeks notice this afternoon. A well-thought out decision, but not an easy one.  Never anif, always a hypothetical when, the time would never be right, but the time was now.  The pull on every fiber of my being said so....more


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Social Media

I've been contemplating how to explain something social media related. Social media isn't the easiest thing for me to do. Being endlessly connected to any and every one all the time. But then only seeing part of what's going on in their lives, some of it so unimportant that it's nauseating. Even still, there's quite a bit missing. I love being connected to people, don't get me wrong. I don't love the competitive and non-sensical connecting to people that often goes on in social media platforms. This is what bothers me....more

Life, Changes.

Today I live a life so different from the one I lived just over a year ago. One might expect me to say this, since I now hold a wonderful and bright little boy. But, when I say it, there's even more weight to the phrase. See, just over a year ago I was a single 30-year-old, intelligent, Bachelor and Master degree-d, recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh MSW program, professional woman....more

Life Is Goat- Happiness Is A Choice

I am only a little bit ashamed to admit that I am addicted to the Life Is Good line of clothing, housewares and so on. If you’re not familiar with the Life is Good brand, you should really make yourself familiar by following this link.  You’ll soon see why I can’t get enough