Would you want a do-over?

If you were given the opportunity for a "do-over" - that is, the chance to go back in time and make different decisions, different choices, and thereby change your life and the person you have become - would you accept it? ...more

What Is Your Mission?

Can you write a personal mission statement?  Writing a mission statement clarifies your essence, the roles you play.  It answers the questions who you are, what you are about and how you will accomplish your goals.Here is an example:...more

Are You a Writer or a Blogger?

I was perusing the Yeah Write website yesterday after trying, and ultimately failing, to sign up for their NaBloPoMo Grid. I was, unfortunately, a couple of days late in submitting my blog....more

The Marvels of Self-Editing

Hearing the word "journalism" sends me back to my childhood in the 1950s.My father was a reporter for The Washington Star newspaper in Washington, D.C. He worked long hours and was always on deadline, readying his copy to go to the Editor for publication in the evening edition of the paper, The Evening Star....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com  Podcasts are the way to go...many former DJ's are doing that now... Not me ...more


I have really awesome news, Crazy Trainees!! Drum roll, please... I am being published by the Scary Mommy herself-- the one and only Jill Smokler-- on her website ScaryMommy.com! Woo Hoo! *lots of giddy happy-dancing going on at my house right now* ...more

A Tale of Love from Two Different Worlds

They lived together and apart, depending on the situation and their obligations. They created three girls and adopted my grandfather's much younger brothers when the boys' parent's died unexpectedly. They moved and made friends, saw Ray Charles when it was still taboo, and laid the foundation for the rest of our family. Through them we have learned what to do, and perhaps more importantly what NOT to do in life and love. ...more
 @Grace Kull Thank you Grace!more

Godspeed to You, My Mother

My mother became 90 years of age on February 13, 2012.  Due to religious differences she has not communicated for the last 20 years.  ...more

What if?

When we were first married we lived in my college apartment on Milwaukee’s east side. It was a great place, except there really wasn’t a kitchen. Our kitchen was a converted walk-in closet and we cooked on hot plates and toaster ovens. Plural. Toaster ovens. We were looking for a place to move, and I’m not entirely sure how it all it happened, but we ended up being shown two duplexes that were owned by the same rental company. He was a nice guy, he owned a lot of properties on the east side, and he also was a member of the congregation that my husband worked at....more

Turning Points

The Choices We Make

I have an old high school friend. We played softball and volleyball together. I played volleyball to keep in shape for softball season. She played softball to keep in shape for volleyball season. We were in the same classes--AP math, AP English. We went to different colleges, but kept in touch sporadically through the years. ...more

we make our own choices in life and what matters is how happy we are with the choices we have ...more