An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
I'm immeasurably saddened that ANYONE would believe this tragedy was a hoax. I can't even begin ... more

5 Tips to Stick With Your Morning Workout

Editor’s Note: One of the hardest parts to working out is finding the time in your schedule to squeeze it in. The solution? Exercise in the morning, before the day’s madness begins. Here, morning workout veteran Amanda shares her secrets to sticking with it, from how to prepare the night before to planning a post-workout breakfast you’ll love to eat. –- Judy ...more
My favorite suggestion in the post is to plan a breakfast you love afterwards. It's one of my ... more

Walking Made Me a Marathon Runner

I finished my first marathon at 41. It wasn't pretty and it took what seemed like a very long time, but I finished. I'd love to tell you that a few months ago I decided to get in shape and run a marathon and then, with some hard work and dedication, I made it happen. But no, my road to running just a few miles, much less even considering a marathon, wasn't pretty. And it took what was most definitely a very long time. And I would have never made it without walking. ...more
@Crissi L I'm back to run/walking post marathon because I need to rest and do some self care. ... more

Walking Made Me a Marathon Runner

I finished my first marathon at 41. It wasn't pretty and it took what seemed like a very long time, but I finished. I'd love to tell you that a few months ago I decided to get in shape and run a marathon and then, with some hard work and dedication, I made it happen. But no, my road to running just a few miles, much less even considering a marathon, wasn't pretty. And it took what was most definitely a very long time. And I would have never made it without walking. ...more
@Life Well Blended For a long time running wasn't fun for me. Honestly I did it just so I could ... more

Walking Made Me a Marathon Runner

I finished my first marathon at 41. It wasn't pretty and it took what seemed like a very long time, but I finished. I'd love to tell you that a few months ago I decided to get in shape and run a marathon and then, with some hard work and dedication, I made it happen. But no, my road to running just a few miles, much less even considering a marathon, wasn't pretty. And it took what was most definitely a very long time. And I would have never made it without walking. ...more
@YeeMei I'm so glad you've stuck with it and you should keep going. I found that I would move to ... more

A Letter to Our Child: You Were Not Our Second Choice

You were always part of our family plan. And as life has probably already taught you, life takes our “plans” and laughs at them. We are thrown challenges, changes, and so many curve-balls. Our well thought out plans become nothing but memories. Things that we believe to be true are not. Things that seem easy can become so very hard. Life is like that....more
@ThankfulPeach As an adoptee I'm horribly offended by this statement and shocked at your ... more

The New Runner's Guide to Playing Well with Others

Has the arrival of the New Year (and maybe, possibly, a bit of holiday over-indulgence) spurred you to lace up your running shoes and hit the road? Fantastic! Welcome! While I've only been a serious runner for a couple of years, I have two half marathons under my belt and am training for my first full 26.2, so I'm comfortable playing ambassador to the newest members of the slightly motley crew of those who call themselves runners....more
For me running etiquette is somewhat akin to playground/playdate etiquette. We all know we need ... more

One Mom to an Expectant Mom: 20 Things I Wish I Had Known

All you really need before the baby arrives is a couple packs of diapers in varying sizes and a handful of onesies. Truly. There’s no need to freak out if you don’t have the vibrating bouncy seat that you put on your registry and it’s just four weeks before the baby’s due. You also don’t need to worry about putting up that Winnie The Pooh wallpaper border before the baby comes either. You’ll probably never put it up anyway. I didn’t. Don’t judge me....more
Along the lines of @BoyMomBlogger 's comments - I'd add that it's important not to attach ... more

How to Work on a Sixth Grade Science Fair Project: Now with ADHD!

I am saving Part III of my pet saga for Monday.However, I do have some useful information on how you can do a sixth grade science fair project in the most impotent and exasperating way possible, in case you are interested. (How is your Saturday going?)...more
I'd like to tell you getting a 7th grade science fair project done with ADHD is better but alas ... more

Constant Dog

She warms me.She has been at my feet all day, occasionally lifting her head to look out the window and protect me from the ever present stream of people walking to the park. She lays still until a truck rolls onto our street and she begins to shiver with fear and I feel her trembling against my leg....more
Reading this with tears streaming down my face as my constant sits at my feet. more