Life Lessons Learned at the Zoo

A rare reprieve of relentless Arizona summer temperatures provided a great day to visit The Phoenix Zoo.  Walking through all the exhibits inspired me to think about life lessons you can learn at the zoo....more

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone to Meet Other Moms

This past fall, I was invited by a family member to join in a MoPS program. When it began this past September, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, and had some reservations. I was going completely out of my element by going to an event where I'd only know 2 people. I'm not very good at socializing or mingling, so I usually avoid these situations if at all possible. Since Mark's arrival, if I want to meet new people, I've been trying to do better about stepping into these situations!...more
 @imnotasupermom I've only attended a mops_itl  at one location, so I can't confirm that your ...more

All Hail (McHale) Community's Return to Thursday Nights

Community-fans, rejoice!  The phoenix is rising and Greendale Community College is finally cracking open the book on 12 new episodes starting this Thursday night. ...more
I'm so excited that Community is back!  We've missed it!  In my quick brush with celebrity file, ...more

5 Steps to Large Scale Change

I’m branching out a bit from my usual content to share an issue that grabbed my attention and I somehow felt compelled to share. Most of us have become aware of the “Kony Video,” and the surrounding controversy. The question is what if anything, do we do about it? Over the weekend my 19-year-old daughter, who is away at college, asked me what I thought about the situation. This stirred me to look and think. If this has gotten the attention of our youth, then it is deserving of ours....more

Life on the Curve: Our Spiraling Lives

The idea to write my 5-part BlogHer series Life on the Curve first came to me as a visual image of a spiral—a fitting theme for “wrapping” the various stages of a woman’s soul-experience into one form. I was learning myself, as well, not having a finished ending or goal set in concrete. And it was astonishing how events in my life and the reading I did through the process added to my posts.Then I began to get feedback from you all, and the spiral took on life!It’s hard to say it better than this chorus of the Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts”:...more
I too, like the concept of life as a curve. I however, have often envisioned an "S-curve." ...more

Finding Community in a New Town

Back in September of last year, after selling our house in Victoria, my husband and I flew to Windsor for a one-week whirlwind house-buying adventure in our soon-to-be new city. During the days that followed the accepted offer on what was to become our next home, we were tasked with several responsibilities which included arranging for home insurance. After a couple of false starts I was able to find a local agent who was associated with our existing insurance provider, and we headed over to his office to make the necessary arrangements. ...more
hljeter It does take time, but it's beautiful when it happens! :)more

The Chardon, Ohio School Shootings: A Neighbor's View

WARNING: Expletives used.Here in Northeast Ohio, Monday morning shattered when news of a high school junior shooting several of his schoolmates started streaming into my inbox via news alerts.At 8:18 a.m., I read: Breaking News: Report: Geauga County Sheriff's Department and OSHP heading to Chardon High School (the original item isn't even there anymore, there've been so many updates)...more
 @nikonMom Thanks so much. I went and got my teeth cleaned today and my hygenist was wearing a ...more

Happy thought #37: A light in the blackout (Turtle pond toys)

After the past 24 hours I've had (to be shared at a later time) I was pretty anxious when the power went out in my house today.  I didn't know if it was just my house, or all of Waterloo.  Perhaps it extended beyond that.  What I did know was my house had no light, my head was dark, my computer was down to 4%, and this was not the night to be without power....more

How Food and Social Media Engage Your Senses

Who doesn’t love food? Everyone has his or her weakness, whether it’s sweet or savory, we all have that one food that we crave. Some researchers think that cravings in adulthood are based on early childhood experiences, and that even the healthiest, fittest people have something that makes their mouth water. Not only does food spark a sense of nostalgia, but it can also bring about a sense of community. No matter what your cultural background, people can always find common ground when it comes to food....more

NOT A Sign of Weakness

Last week I “Tweeted” this post: “Sometimes there is a fine line between independence and isolation. Asking for help when you need it isn't weakness; be there for each other.”...more