Laughter Through Tears & a Little White Dog

This isn't a story about a dog. Not really.It's Tuesday, a warm June afternoon and I'm sitting alone in my living room. Criss-cross-applesauce in the recliner, dreading the phone call I know is coming. Finally it rings, and reading my aunt's name on the screen, I answer. "You have bad news.""Depends on how you look at it," she says, crying.And then I'm sobbing, large shaking cries that actually make noise. Cries that give the "boo hoo's" their creed. I hold myself and rock, in a fashion done only by those who are truly devastated....more

Now I've Gone & Said "Ifs, Ands, or Buts." Who Am I?

We took our 4-year-old daughter to watch our city's local fireworks Monday night. It was her first time to see fireworks and I was almost as excited as she was about sharing such a special moment. I loved fireworks as a child; heck, I still do....more

When Silence is Loud

I've been a full time mom for a little over 9 years now. During that time, I can count on one hand the number of times I've been alone in my house for more than an hour....more

Karen White's The Beach Trees: One Part Mystery, One Part Love Story

How do you rebuild? When something precious is ripped from your life, how do you start over? How do you pick up the pieces and make a whole when there are essential pieces missing? Those are just a few of the questions that Karen White addresses in her newest novel, The Beach Trees. It's one part mystery, one part love story and a whole lot of parts of great summer reading. ...more

of a book that never really found its way.... at least for me ;(

a/b from The Burrow at ...more

Intesne Kids are not Bad Kids...

Intense kids are not bad kids. Means nothing to some, means everything to others. If you are the parent of an intense kid you know exactly what I mean....more

Mental Illness is Not a Choice

My soap Box:...more

Two Balloons. Going Up.

When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life. -Richard Bach, from The Bridge Across ForeverI was never the kind of girl who did what girls were supposed to do....more

Your huddled masses

As middle-class, middle-aged, suburban Caucasians, it is easy to get stuck in the same routine for work, play, and leisure. Drive in the same car everyday to work, shop at the same grocery and big box store, worship at the same location and hang out at the local coffee stand....more
Interesting post. I haven't thought about this before. I used to take buses before I can drive. ...more

Getting Healthy Part 3... Take a Walk!

In addition to the change in diet we have implemented as a family, the hubby has sold us on the idea of taking a walk around the neighborhood park every night after dinner.  The purpose is three-fold:  to incorporate movement in our daily routine, to walk off any extra calories, and most importantly, to exhaust the little one into an early bedtime. And don’t misunderstand, my 3 year old is not normal, he can stay up all night long if we let him. He is still unusually alert at 2am. Anyway, walking around a lake and feeding the ducks for an hour really helps tire him out....more

You and your family are getting healthy and active. I'm sure you've already heard of the First ...more

An Unplanned Life

It seems that the most important decisions I have made in my life were made without any planning, and were for the most part made out of necessity. The first—and most significant—of these was actually one that was made for us:  becoming parents. The impact of this life-altering news did more than just turn us into an instant family, it changed everything we knew about our lives....more
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