Reflections while paying my student loan bill

So I am paying the bill for my student loan from 2002 and I am thinking about what I learned during that time. ...more

Singing to My Own Tune

Me as  freshman in High School:I am wasting the next 72 minutes of my life at the Secretary of State.  Why is waiting in a line for me the equivalent of a slow unpredictable death?  I hate lines.  I hate waiting.  Sometimes I just hate time itself....more

My time in a sorority or Why my student loans are not paid off

I was paying my student loan bill from 2002 the other day.  There is nothing like paying a bill for something you did over 12 years ago to make you think about the past. I went to a state college in the midwest about 2 hours away from my hometown.  I went to college by myself feeling like I was leaving everything behind.  I had illusions that I needed to move away from home in another state and experience living on campus at college. What I didn't realize is how hard it would be. ...more

Mom's Great Escape

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Grandma on the far left, other relatives, my Grandpa on the far right and mom just over his left shoulder in black. ...more

We Played Outside

Around this time of the year, I become nostalgic….I really do…with the summer months approaching fast, the longer day brings me back to my childhood.I grew up in an area called Queens an urban area; the block I lived on had rows of 6 family apartment buildings, Five room railroad apartments....more

Know the value of a moment.

If we were to treat every single day as a priority to make self matter, we will automatically be more aware of all that truly matters.  We will be better at letting the truly small things go.  By making every day count to the fullest we should somehow manage to feel better.  Go to work.  Go to school.  Go where-ever it is you must go, physically and mentally, each and every day.  But, at the end of it, you ...more

The childhood memories that fade

My son is telling me a story. It is a story about a day he spent just with me because Daddy was on a motorcycle trip. He tells me about the fun that we had during the day, including doing yoga together, making some blueberry oatmeal bars, cleaning the house, playing some board games together and then reading a new book together....more

Uploading history to the family cloud (Or, that didn't happen to you, honey)

My husband and I have been together for 17 years. And during that time, we've shared a wonderful son, a collection of amazing travel photos and a series of shared memories. We share those memories even when we don't mean to....more

Sweet Memories to Touch Your Heart -- Love Between Mom and Child

Sweet Memories:  I have a treasure box filled with little rocks my son picked up for me on the playground so many years ago. He did it even thought he knew he could be punished by the teacher (which he was from time to time, but he kept on doing it). Isn't love extraordinary?...more

Will You Remember?

Will you remember April 2014, my dearest Evie? My dearest Ellie, Nathan, and Jonah? Will you remember dozing in the swing and on my chest and in my arms--and my snitched kisses to your soft cheeks and neck?...more