Girl. Woman. Girl. Girl. Girl. Girl.

She was 14, maybe. Her mom or caregiver yanked her by the arm, and hissed, "What is wrong with you?"  ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for ...more

Too Much Stuff: An All-American Problem

Editor's Note: This NaBloPoMo post was originally published on November 9, 2015. ...more

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable or Drive the Guests Away With These 9 Tips

And there are the social dynamics to consider: Who should sit by whom? Little Janie is in 6th grade now and has the start of teen angst, is she going to be offended by having to sit at the kids' table? Will all of my relatives get along, or will ...more

When Your Dog Awkwardly Kills Your Other Pet

No better way to ruin a tea party than to have your pet casually murder your other pet. ...more

How My Son Got Me to Work Out at the Crack of Dawn

Editor's note: Working out on a regular (or even semi-reg) basis is kind of like taking part in NaBloPoMo. You have to show up and do the work every day, no excuses. This post was originally published on November 17. --Nicole ...more

12 of My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Editor's Note: Watching kids getting deep into books is always a treat. And seeing them get excited to learn or laugh -- or both! -- about holidays like Thanksgiving is pretty high up there, too. This NaBloPoMo piece offers up some great choices for children's books about Thanksgiving. It was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more

My Version of Motherhood

Editor's Note: Writing -- whether it's for long pieces or a quick-hit NaBloPoMo post -- is all about dedication. It takes a real commitment to sit, focus, tune out the world, and put your stories on the page. This post was about setting a timer for five minutes and letting the words flow; no editing, no second-guessing. And it's an honest, thoughtful piece. This post was originally published on November 15. --Nicole ...more
I really enjoyed reading this and will try the 5 minute activity! I totally agree, the social ...more

Finding Jackie Chan 2

In two days, I gave my brother and his wife the San Francisco 101 tour. We rode the cable car, visited the fortune cookie factory and Alcatraz. We ate our way through the Ferry building grabbing Vietnamese noodle bowls and fancy cheeses and bread. We got the coveted picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and drove down the most crooked street in the world, Lombard. We drove up and down super steep hills that make any snow-state driver wonder how the city would survive in a snowstorm; it wouldn’t. ...more

Be Positive

6 Steps to Become "an Expert".!

NaBloPoMo nov.25 PromptIn simple terms, an expert is a person who does what he does in a successful manner. It means anyone can be an expert. The secret lies in the need to complete the work and devotions that a person makes to do it in the right way. When we carefully evaluate lives of an experts we can see they resemble in a same manner.What ordinary person lacks is the will, the determination, motivation, the belief and the proper self esteem. The way a society defines a expert is different bit than this. They define the people who shines in a particular way than anyone else. Society defines an expert as an unique person. But anyone can become an expert by their heart....more

Prepping and Baking and Chopping, Oh My! ~ A Thanksgiving Haiku

The oven is on. A cutting board sits ready. Prepping for long night....more

Green tomatoes

It’s nearly December and I’ve just divested my tomato plants of their final fruits. This is indicative of so many things: stupidly warm California weather, lazy gardening, and late fall garden planting, to name a few.Now I’ve got give pounds of mostly green tomatoes to deal with. I’m considering pickling or roasting. Any recipe suggestions?...more

Stop Salting My Chocolate!

I’m the poster child for “Ick, that’s too sweet.”  And I love dark chocolate.The darker the chocolate the better.My husband jokes that one of these days he’ll come home to find me huddled in a corner, gnawing on a bar of baker’s chocolate.Precious….It’s that serious.And it’s not a new thing....more

NaBloPoMo (11/2015) - Day 24: Feelin' Hot Hot Hot! (And sometimes not)

 My heater wasn't working for about 3 weeks. When I returned home on November 4th from visiting Sandra, it was a little chilly in the house so I turned on the heat. Nothing happened. Well, that's not true. The furnace turned on and the fan blew, but the heating element didn't start up. After pulling the covers off the furnace and poking around (and reading some of the instructions on the inside of the cover), I determined that it must be the igniter.Oh well. It wasn't that cold. It was still in the high 60s outside and I have a space heater....more

Thanksgiving or Festivus?

Last week, I attended our Thanksgiving luncheon at work, despite my reservations about how it would go with me being a vegan.  Last year, I chose to take the coward’s way out by staying away.  This wasn’t so difficult, as I was still new, wasn’t yet in management and had duties that left me working by myself most of the time.  This year was a bit different since my role has changed so drastically.  Accordingly, I thought it advisable for me to show up....more

Too Much and Yet Not Enough

NaBloPoMo Post #24Nothing Inspiring TonightIt was a gorgeous day today! Tomorrow is going to be nice, too, but after that there is rain in the forecast almost every day for a week at least. There will be some sun and not all-day-long rains every day, but still a lot of rain....more