What Makes You Nice: Good Will or Guilt?

When we play nice with others, perhaps collaborating with colleagues on a big presentation at work, what’s the motivation? Part of it may be because it actually feels good to help out and get along with others. Research has actually backed this up: Brains scans show that reward centers of the brain "light up" when people are in the act of cooperating....more

The Process and Progress of "Letting Go"....

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind....more


It seems the older we get, the more we acquire; not only in material things, but also the experiences that come from living life. No one goes through life without the ups and downs, the struggles, the hardships, the joys and celebrations that accumulate as the years add up.The more candles we have on our cake, the more stories we have to tell. ...more

The One Where I Lie to My Friends

I have a confession to make... a friend is moving back to the US and even though I pretend to be sad about it, I am actually happy she's going! I feel terrible for feeling this way, but I can't help myself. It's amazingly selfish and if any of my friends in real life knew they would be very upset with me. They would be horrified that I could think such a horrible thing about someone I call my friend. It would probably change their view of me completely. So I hide it. I keep it to myself and pray that no one discovers my dark secret. So what is this friend's crime?? What has she done to make me so happy that she's moving so far away? Three wordsHER BABY LIVED...more
I am not exactly in your situation...the only time I was lucky enough to have been pregnant was ...more

SAHM: My 4-Letter Word

  I don’t tell people I’m a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM in the online world), because I don’t think that I am. People ask what I’ll be doing when we move to India, and I feel confused. Obviously I’ll be “doing” Ennis....more

Guilt about the Royal Wedding and Motherhood

(If you would like to see the photos that go with this post, click on my blog "A Rolling Crone" or on Eleni's-- "The Liminal Stage.") http://arollingcrone.blogspot.com/ http://www.theliminalstage.com/ Daughter Eleni, who studied Folk Lore and Mythology at Harvard, recently launched her blog “The Liminal Stage”. (As she explains: “Liminal stages are psychological thresholds, times of transition when we stand ‘betwixt and between’ one state and another. The biggies are birth, marriage, death.”) ...more

Family and Career Travel

When I first started travelling for my job it was so exciting. I found this excellent place to work in the heart of the "Silicorn Valley" (ie: Iowa) at a technology/software company. It was like a diamond in the rough. A salary unmatched in our area, the opportunity to work with the Fortune 500 and really dive into Corporate America without the hustle and bustle of the city (though I do miss my city!).Then I had children. I remember my first trip after my son Isaiah was born. As excited as I was to actually sleep through the night, how was I going to leave my baby?...more

I continue to forge a new path, but it's a lonely process . . .

 I continue to forge a new path, but it's a lonely process . ....more

Giveaway and Review: A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter

What emotion is strong enough to affect our physical bodies, sabotage relationships, warp life purposes, and alter personalities?...more

Screw You Mercury!

It seems like I'm on a roll this week. First I was feeling remorse for wanting to chase after my dreams in fear that my children will resent me, or at the least give me sad eyes. Now I'm being afflicted with another age old dilemma-- daughter guilt. ...more