Fare the Well, Space Ranger

Some days I feel as though my chief task is merely transporting items from one area of the house to another. After carrying a barely played with stuffed toy up the stairs and into a child’s bedroom for the ninth time this week, I’ve begun to wonder: why do we have so much stuff? As a result, I’ve been contemplating living more simply, discarding some of that excess and clearing superfluous junk from our lives. If it doesn’t add value, why do we hang on to it?...more

Running an Obstacle Course

We all face obstacles when attempting to exercise. Just to get out of the door we may have to battle low motivation, uncooperative elements (wind, cold, rain), time that is limited or workout clothes that just really aren't cute enough to be seen in, in public anyway.  But I think some of us have especially difficult challenges standing in our way of a good workout.  Literally.  Challenges that could be described as shorter than waist-high with sticky, slobbery faces and ...more

Never to Young for Marketing

Recently my son’s little four-year-old girl friend arrived at our house wearing a very hip and stylish Hannah Montana ensemble.  I, of course, have a boy, and have not been privy to the Hannah craze. ...more