Denise is always insisting none of us listen to her. She insists she will tell us something, and we forget because we are not listening. This, of course, is  not true. I forget because I cannot hold even the most important information in my head longer then 30.2 seconds. That is why I am always asking her what she said, or forgetting she said something would happen....more

And from the backseat, I hear, "huh?"

I am putting dinner on the table and call my son to the meal. From upstairs, I hear him respond, "huh?" We are in the pasta aisle at the store and I ask my son what type of noodles we should get. He looks up at me from the cart and says, "huh?"...more


Luke 9:43-45 "Let these words sink into your ears."He calls us out of the comfort zones, and asks us to open our eyes compassionately to the human misery around us--the homelessness, the lack of housing, the pain in people's lives--reach out, and touch simply reach out and touch someone's life--get off of face book, texting,make a phone call---Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!...more

The Friend Finders, How an Expat Child (or Mom!) Makes New Friends.

Yep. We’re new to these here parts (Shanghai, China), and things have been mighty lonely around the ranch. Our housing compound is brand new, and more than half of the homes were empty when we moved in 2 whole weeks ago. With 3 very social children, I needed to do something. Fast.One evening, my son and I went out on a friend finding mission, but with no luck. Another evening, I spotted a girl on a bicycle riding by our house – as I bolted out the door to make her acquaintance, she had ridden away. I swear I ran down the street after her, but she was so speedy!...more

Communication - Gotta Love It!

I always like to ask people, what made you pick up the phone and call me? Not surprisingly, Communication is the #1 reason people give me. Be it trouble communicating with a spouse, parent, child, or even sibling, not feeling understood by a loved one is incredibly painful and frustrating....more

Need You Now

    How do you handle relationship disappointments/difficulties? What do you do when nobody is available for you to confide in?...more

Intuition and Body Talk

Can our body really talk? Can it actually react intuitively to situations and people? The answer is yes! All you need to do is pay close attention and you will be able to hear and interpret the subtle language of your body’s signals and signs while learning its unique language.How to Listen to Your Body...more

Record Your Grandma's Stories: StoryCorps' National Day of Listening is Nov. 27

Will you be spending Thanksgiving with friends who tell great stories, a relative who has wonderful tales from "back in the day," or just someone special whose life you'd like to celebrate? Why not record their story in honor of StoryCorps' National Day of Listening the day after Thanksgiving (November 27th)....more


"Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music." - George Carlin ...more


"Each day has its own rhythms and surprises.  Listen to the day." (Happy Musings is a newspaper feature syndicated by King Features that I create each day to remind us all that “Life is wonderful!”  I offer it here to brighten your day.  Please share it with your friends.) ...more