Making The Empty Nest a Little Less Empty With FaceTime

Sundays are becoming FaceTime Days in our household. Apple could set up a shoot in my home office and my daughter’s dorm and feature us in a commercial highlighting how FaceTime brings together parents and their college freshmen. Sniff, sniff. Wipe the tears. ...more
Thank you for sharing your experience. Isn't modern technology a wonderful thing. How wonderful ...more

How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman. ...more
Thank you for this insightful article. One thing I would like to add is when you find yourself ...more

I Was a Teen Mom And It Still Defines Me

In the summer of 1982, I graduated from high school, turned 18, got married and had a baby. I went from kid to wife and mother in the span of three months, just like that....more
Your post is almost like a story of my life as I graduated in '82 and was a married new mom in ...more

So We Bought The Farm: Now What??

 So we bought a farm.  After a year and a half of searching for the perfect piece of property with the perfect home on it, in the perfect location, we bought a farm. For those of you who have not met me personally, this may sound just fine. But for those who know me well? My response to you when you stare at me quizzically, is, "I know, right? What about me screams farmer?" Fifty-five acres of WTF?...more
lol hahahaha. We want to buy some property with like 5 acres and have a mini-farm but sometimes ...more

Something a small as a blackberry taught me this ...

Picture a busy street. One crammed with four lanes of commuters cruising along at 55 mph. Add the bike lanes. Add the sidewalks.  What do you see? Is your imaginary sidewalk empty?  Or did you see the runner? Did you see the children walking with their parents? Did you see the dog and his owner? Did you see the woman in the wheelchair sitting peacefully beside her companion? What do you think of the things that you see? Or do you, for that matter, think at all....more
Ah - this is a great moment to remember and to share. A beautiful description and thought.more

Happy Mother’s Day To My Son

 (Vintage Angel Boy) Because, of course, without him, I wouldn’t have a Mother’s Day at all....more

Hug A Brat Today

I never realized how much of a loss I would feel when my son moved out. I’ll admit it took five years to feel it, but it’s happened.I’m grieving the loss of my kid’s childhood. It’s as painful as any grief I have ever felt. I see women, some my age, with young kids and I’m filled with a terrible melancholy. I feel like it was over in a day, I brought them home from the hospital and the next day they were twenty years old.I feel like I have forgotten how tiny their little fingers and toes were.I feel like I’ve forgotten their first step and their first word....more

This Ain't Our Grandparents World

"Life is what happens when we're busy making plans." - John Lennon (attributed)Im here to tell you, that it is the gospel truth, just about the time I got it all figured out, karma dropped a bomb.  ...more

Sponsoring My Own Growth

I started this blog years ago with the intention of writing about things that mattered to me. I had intended to write about my son. I wanted to get things off my chest regarding my turbulent marriage. I needed to talk about my mom's dementia. I thought I would be writing about the looming empty nest that I knew was coming back in 2013. As it turns out, the nest would be completely empty....more

8 Reasons Women in Midlife Need More Than Their Besties

Like many women in midlife, I have an inner circle of wonderful, loving girlfriends. We check in regularly, celebrate and mourn together, and share the general crazies of everyday life. We have a lot in common but we're also quite diverse in our interests, vocations and lifestyles. And that's okay. It keeps our friendships interesting....more

Where Are The Functional Families?

Could your family attend a functional family convention? Or are you like way too many of us with issues abounding? It's no wonder. We're all in families but none came with a user's manual. We get no instruction and we definitely need it. So, here goes my attempt at helping people who would someday like to attend a functional family convention. (Although they may be the only people in the room.)...more

Interlude

I’d peer out my bedroom window which overlooked the driveway, watching for the piano teacher. Sometimes, he’d sit in his car and I think he'd never ring the doorbell (those were my happiest days) or he tried the bell so unenthusiastically, that the sound was lost amidst my mother’s constant bustle in the kitchen....more

Making The Empty Nest a Little Less Empty With FaceTime

Sundays are becoming FaceTime Days in our household. Apple could set up a shoot in my home office and my daughter’s dorm and feature us in a commercial highlighting how FaceTime brings together parents and their college freshmen. Sniff, sniff. Wipe the tears. ...more
Thank you for sharing your experience. Isn't modern technology a wonderful thing. How wonderful ...more