Mothers Are So Embarrassing

It was my Meat Loaf moment. A few weeks ago, I took my two daughters to see a Broadway show starring Sutton Foster (who may not be a household name across the country, but for my two theater-obsessed kids is pretty much the coolest thing ever), a two-time Tony-winning singer/actress/dancer, and star of the late, lamented ABC Family series "Bunheads." After the show ended, we lined up with all the other theater geeks by the stage door to get her autograph. ...more
Very fun story - I think it's a rite of passage for mom's to embarrass their kids. I try to make ...more

10 Things I Would Love to Learn

By the time I turned twenty-two years old, I had spent nineteen years in school. Only the last two were by choice, but I would have gone even if I didn’t have to go. I love to learn new things, and I was a good student. I present my third grade, first quarter report card as evidence:...more
I can do half of them, but I'm pretty sure I'll never whistle or figure what's going on with the ...more

Being A Middle-Aged Woman is Expensive

Plenty of personal finance matrices suggest that with age comes a somewhat lower overhead. You know the drill: The kids move away, the mortgage gets paid off, and as you comfortably settle into whatever your version of semi-retirement is, job-related expenses become obsolete as does the intense need to save. ...more
I love the humor in this.  I have found some of this the case in my advanced age, but unless you ...more

Drama on the High Seas!

Isla de la Plata, Ecuador, known as "the poor man's Galapagos".Here I am, in Ecuador, on a volunteer dive trip, and it is drama a...more

Gypsy Heart (POEM)

Gypsy Heart within my breast beats too loud makes me deaf "Forget the daily obligations, responsibilities of the now!" Wanderlust cries out to me "Explore the world! Seek new life!" experiences lost in earlier days grow more distance as the years roll on will I ever be free to just be me not a hat wearer or tear crier just a woman seeking finding being===============================================...more

Sometimes we can do the IMPOSSIBLE, even in 4 inch heels

Recently, I visited this amazing patisserie, where there were pair after pair of these spectacularly gorgeous shoes made of sugar and chocolate on display in a case...right next to little cakes that looked like Chanel handbags! The shoes were not only beautiful but were stilettos, a heel I haven't dared wear in ages. Certainly not since I broke my ankle a few years ago....more
OK... I have said many times in the past that I don't like poetry. As soon as I see something ...more

My husband is a sports FAN-atic

It was his reaction to a 73-yard Hail Mary pass that made me wonder if he was truly the one for me. Crushed that his team had lost in the last six seconds of the game. Speechless that they had let the win slip from their hands. Outraged by their incompetence, my then boyfriend lapsed into a sports-hazed coma and sulked like a 5-year-old who had just been denied some candy. But I married him anyway...more

When the children are watching

Ever think about the things your child may say or do, or even the personality they develop over time. How much of that do you attribute to genes? How much of that do you attribute to learned behavior or learned response? When people say, “you got it honest,” in reference to someone’s attitude or temper etc., I consider they are attributing the characteristics you are displaying, to your surrounding or experience in seeing that as a way to respond. ...more

Love Yourself First: You’re Teaching Others How You Want to be Treated

Whether you’re in perimenopause, menopause or are postmenopausal like me, one thing is certain: things are not at all like they used to be....more

First Date Conversations: How To Make It Not So: "You Talking to Me?"

Soooo…what do you talk about on a first date?Well, wouldn’t it be a perfect world if they all had conversation that flowed like a chocolate fountain over cream puffs and strawberries? Hello! But we all know that, unless you hit the first date jackpot, you’re going to have to put some thought and effort into getting that verbal rapport, if it exists, started. I’m not saying you should sweat it like an Oompa Loompa at the chocolate factory; if it’s THAT hard, remember to breathe! However, while playing it by ear, a few bon mots/ clever questions up your sleeve are always a “do”....more

keeping this menopausal women in mind - stormy weather

Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you—they might have different tastes.~ George Bernard Shaw...more

Diversify Your Career and Involve Your Daughter

What’s wrong with a career adventure in mid-life?What’s wrong with mentoring your daughter for a adventurous career?Career adventures begin with knowledge....more

Vintage Friends and Wine get Better with Age

I recently attended a garden party with a dozen feisty middle-aged women. We all once worked for Boise Cascade Corporation, and as our lives have evolved, most of us are still jumping in and out of hot water when we should be lolling around at a fancy resort sipping fine wine and receiving a massage from a bodybuilder named Thor....more