Many of us met Lauren F. Winner first in her autobiographical Girl Meets God: A Memoir (2003). Lauren, the daughter of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, celebrates the beauty of both ways to God. And though she becomes a Christian (and today is an Episcopal priest), she has always been a passionate and articulate spokesperson for the rich, beautiful, and essential practices of Judaism (see also her book Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline, 2008)....more
 @Isabel_Anders I can't wait to read this book. Hopefully before the end of the year :-)more

To Blog or Not to Blog...

When I began my journey into this wonderful world we know as the blogosphere I knew there were going to be moments that were a blogging-MUST…my occasional off-color reference to kid-craziness, hubby antics, fun friend escapes, you know the bit…slice-o’-life.  I knew also that there would be those instances better left to a private venting moment (or hour) in my car or shower.   I made the decision to publicize my blog to those not only connected through my Facebook blog page but also through my own personal Facebook page.  Why?  Well, my friends know me…and if I can...more
 @Blissfully Discontented Love your positive attitude!more

He's Not Smiling Much

This evening our home was hit by what some might categorize as an F1 tornado…no real structural damage but it certainly shifted our belongings around with the sound of a freight train.  Of course, I’m not referring to an off-season catastrophic meteorological event, rather one of my 5 year old son’s “tantrums”.   I hesitate to use that word…”tantrum”.  To me, it suggests that such behavior is performed by a spoiled little baby.  From the outside that may very well appear to be the case.  In my heart, however, and based on multiple visits to various counselors a...more

A letter to my mother:why I started blogging

Two years,3 months, and 12 days its the number that keeps going through my head....more

...Coffee and Bunnies...why didn't I think of this?

...the mind wanders to strange places when it's left idling.Lately I have been having serious issues with myself. Self esteem. Self worth. Wondering what I am good at. What I am bad at. Where I need to improve. Why sometimes I feel like I am screaming from the back of the room to a crowd of people wearing ear plugs. Why I don't feel like I measure up. My work, my home life, my abilities as a mom, my abilities as a friend, a partner, a daughter, a sister. Feeling lonely and contained. I don't really know why....more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” Keep Your Wits About You 4-6-12

Cooperate with partnering in business and relationships. Hard work will pay off; give it both patience and time.Opposing Energies: obstinacy, obsession, tension, intimidating, loneliness, respect for wisdomPowerful progress is coming.The energies today may lead us to a destined career or partner in life; even a partner in business.Wide Awake Words™ for today: responsibility, personal destiny, turning point, awareness, determination...more

I write about my health because… #HAWMC Day 4

I have been participating in the WEGOHealth: Health Activist Writers Month Challenge. This is my post for day 4 of the challenge. You can keep up with all of my postings at  When asked why I write about my health, I turned first to my "About" page on my own website. The first paragraph says: ...more


DROWNING IN THE DEEP END OF DEPRESSION There is no sufficient way to truly describe what living with clinical depression is like.  I just know that when it gets rough, it gets really rough.  ...more

World Autism Awareness Day

On the autism roller coaster, I’ve hit a deep low.  Last night Bruno and I had a painful talk about the reality of our situation....more
My heart sank. Sending my hug to you.more

Dear Future Jules,

Dear Jules,I am sitting here on a beautiful spring afternoon. The dogs are chasing the housekeeping ladies around, and they are chatting madly back at the pups in Spanish. All of the windows are open, and even though it was raining and cold all weekend, it is stunning outside. I am still in my yoga pants, tank top and a hoodie. I won't get dressed until the ladies are done cleaning and can help me with my personal needs for the day. ...more