A Homecoming

Autumn ColorThomas Wolfe said one can't go home again, and in a sense, that's true. I cannot be a child again....more

A Life of Purpose? What for?

Creating a life of purpose and focused living is hard work....more

3 Healthy Choices to Make Today

We hear it all the time. Eat Healthy, Exercise, Breathe! These things that should come naturally to us, but do not, have been created by the evolution of food choices. And not all of them healthy choices!...more

Taking my Youngest Daughter to College

JANE Yesterday we drove our youngest daughter, Josie, to Virginia to start college.  It was an emotional day for me.  I’m not saying only bad emotions were involved.  It was just an emotional day....more
omg ... my youngest is moving out Tuesday!  I feel your anguish and I can relate to your whole ...more

How Not to Be That Mom on College Move In Day

The college experience is a big deal for everyone in the family, it evokes change on every member of a household. The younger sibling who no longer shares the bathroom or has the comfort of knowing her sister is just in the next room at night. he dad who is used to catching the football games with his son. The mom who has devoted every ounce of her being to raising her child and micro-managing outfits, tasks, and chores. But the overall college experience belongs to the student. College Move-in day (and college in general) is not about you! ...more
I dropped off my son a little over a week ago and I was only THAT mom when no one was in the ...more

Help Wanted: How to evade the empty nest

 It’s no secret that I will be an empty-nester in just 3 weeks. I’ve talked a lot about giving thought to whether or not I should continue blogging. I started this blog for a few reasons, some (two actually, who shall remain nameless) of which are flying the coop or leaving the nest   or something....more

Small town ties

     My 18 yr old son just ran into his dead beat dad while making a pizza delivery to his house! They haven't seen ea. other in years! I feel so sorry for him. How awkward?! We were together for 10 yrs. Both our mom's kicked us out for dating ea. other. We slept in his car for awhile then we stayed in his Grandparents basement, but they didn't know I was there for almost 2 yrs. b/c he would sneak me in & out. My ex has an older son, who was a yr old when we started dating, & who I consider a son....more

Holding On . . . While Letting Go

Holding on and letting go. Two completely different concepts, right? But right now I find myself trying to balance them both.I have two boys, teenagers at this point. One just finished his freshman year in college. The other just graduated  high school. I’m not sure how this all happened, I just know that old cliché “time flies” is a cliché for a reason.My boys are a little more than a year apart in age. So when my older son was born, I had a year alone with him. He was a baby and it was time I treasured....more
Suzanne Fluhr I know most families fight to sit down to dinner together and we did (and do) ...more

From Empty Nest to Love Nest

So what are my husband and I to do now? Now that our once-full and busy “nest” is found empty and we are therefore suddenly free of all family responsibilities? “Children responsibility”; of worrying and providing for, that is! What should now fill the many empty hours and [long] days ahead that were once in-every-respect spoken for—cooking and cleaning for...chauffeuring for...cultivating good manners, and how-to make life choices that will meet their individual needs for their long-term happiness?...more
Linda Anselmi Thank  you, Linda, 'guess we've had 32-years of living together to get it right. ...more

Face-to-Face with My Empty Nest Life

I am at last face-to-face with my empty nest life, even if I am still in denial. Today, my first day with an empty house, I want to remain tucked within my sheets, indulging in a flood of salty tears that have already soaked through and stained my pillow. I have no desire to open my eyes and indulge them to a surrounding wall of obvious sunshine and warmth outside.My heart is breaking! And this is only my first day....more
Linda Anselmi And it is very lovely to see you here, too, Linda! I'd like to say that I am back, ...more