Back to School: 12 Bloggers Share Feelings, High Fives and Tips

In case you didn't notice, it's Back-to-School time. It's honestly one of my favorite times to be on Facebook; I love all of the smiling pictures of kids in their new school clothes with the hair cuts and new backpacks and fresh looks. Of course, this year felt a bit more bittersweet as I had to share a picture of my baby heading off to Kindergarten. Weep. All the same, I've been reading through so many back-to-school posts with smiles (and tears and laughs and everything in between). I thought I'd share some with you today so you can smile/laugh/cry/weep with me. Power in numbers, you guys. ...more
Here's one of my back to school posts! http://greatbigyes.com/?p=2815 more

An Open Letter to the Catholic Church

Dear Catholic Church,I’ve been a Catholic since I was born. I made my first communion, confirmed, and then married in the same church. I said goodbye to my favorite grandfather and my mom at that church. That church was home. Maybe it’s because of my parents’ close connection to St. Pius, but no one will ever be as good a priest as Father Arturo....more
I have had so many of the same feelings!  I have been Catholic my whole life and I'm raising my ... more

What Yoga Can Teach Type A Types

I love yoga. I’ve been practicing for a long time. I’m not even really sure how long…maybe 8 years? I’m being trained to teach and I’m finishing up my certification in April. So last night, I’m with my husband and another couple. They are dear, dear friends who have been a constant, reliable, supportive part of our lives for 15 years or so. I love them. I just want to say, I love them and I love my husband. I want to put that out there before I really lay into them. ...more
@DancingVeggies Thanks for comment! I love yoga for that reason too - I look forward to the time ... more

What Yoga Can Teach Type A Types

I love yoga. I’ve been practicing for a long time. I’m not even really sure how long…maybe 8 years? I’m being trained to teach and I’m finishing up my certification in April. So last night, I’m with my husband and another couple. They are dear, dear friends who have been a constant, reliable, supportive part of our lives for 15 years or so. I love them. I just want to say, I love them and I love my husband. I want to put that out there before I really lay into them. ...more
@paulag01  Thanks! more

Christmas 2012: Exchange Serving for Impressing

We want people to think that our cookies are delicious, our present-wrapping is creative, and our tree is decorated beautifully. ...more
I love this! I've had to let a lot of this striving for perfection go over the years.  This ... more

I Don't Like My Son Very Much Right Now

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m really tired of my son. The level of disrespect and general level of unhappiness is becoming so distressing that I’m barely functioning as his mother. I don’t want to be around him. I don’t want to do anything for him....more
You are NOT alone!!! My teenage daughter can be so mean to me.  Other times she is silent, ... more

Are You Only as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child?

My mother used to say this phrase. All the time. ALL the time.I hated it. I used to tell her she was co-dependent on her children; she would laugh, but she didn't take it back.You are only as happy as your unhappiest child? Nonsense, I would say. How about, you are as happy, if not happier, as your happy child? Surely this is the essence of co-dependency, this shared misery? This cannot be good mental health, I said....more
My friend always says this quote - her mom said it to her.  I have 3 kids and 2 teenage ... more

Do Readers Need Closure?

I really do believe closure is important to readers. When I close a book I don't need everything to be tied up in a neat bow but I do like to believe that the characters are where they need to be. It may not always be a place I like, or that the characters like, but it needs to be the right place. Gayle Forman's novel, Where She Went, was really about Adam's search for closure. He desperately needed it. ...more
I love closure!  I think it's a sign of a good book when the characters stick with you, when you ... more

Creating Art Out of Loss

Some of the most beautiful pieces of art come out of loss and grief. Some people use words, while others use paint or clay to create their masterpieces. Adam and Mia channeled their grief into music. As much as Gayle Forman's novel, Where She Went, was about the two of them, it was also about being able to find beauty again after loss. ...more
Yes! I've always written everything down.  Journals, the blog, notes to myself...it helps me ... more

The Cost of Fame

One of the things Adam Wilde struggles with in Gayle Forman's Where She Went is the isolation that results from his rise to fame. Adam is already struggling with loss and grief when the band makes it big. It can even be said Adam's loss and grief is what drives the band's material. Grief can be isolating by itself but now that Adam's famous, everyone wants a piece of him....more
I think it would be so weird to wonder if people really liked you or if they just wanted to grab ... more