Let’s Talk About Syria

It’s the topic many of us don’t want to think about, although we know it’s important: the possibility for U.S. military involvement in the war in Syria. Don’t know what’s going on? It’s confusing, convoluted, and depressing. First of all, read this article in The Washington Post: 9 Questions About Syria You Were Too Embarassed to Ask: Horrified? You’re not alone....more
I am definitely against war. I definitely don't want our troops dying for a fight that's never ... more

Edible Pick-Me-Ups: My Top 5 Comfort Foods

Comfort food always has a way of making life a little brighter. Don't you think? Everyone has a pick-me-up food...a bar of chocolate and even a cup of coffee can make us feel so good.Image: Courtesy of Cut and DryFood and comfort definitely go hand in hand; I don't know about you but I always love eating something hearty when I'm feeling down....more
I definitely agree with the past. I can't say which type, maybe any, even meatballs which tends ... more

Don't Hide: Talk about Mental Illness

Something Something has a very moving post about hiding mental illness; how easy it is sometimes to fool the people around you into believing that all is fine when all is definitely not. The post is a call to speak up, a story about what happens when you finally do. It isn't all hugs and unicorns, but Something Something gives a panoramic view of the good and the bad, both of which are reasons to not keep mental illness to yourself. ...more
I think not hiding it is easier said then done. There is the stigma. I'm working in the ... more

On Grief: First You Have to Pick the Lemons, Then You Have to Cut an Onion

After my son died twenty-three years ago, I spent a great deal of time talking to people, listening to them, and reading their stories, all in the hopes of finding the inspiration to heal. I heard platitudes that abound in all areas of everyday life: “Time heals all wounds.” “You’re young; you can have more children.” “When God closes one door, he opens another.” “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” During different types of loss, I’ve heard other hackneyed phrases like, “It happened for a reason,” and “Maybe you’re better off this way.” ...more
My brother was sick for a few years before he died. So I never really talked about my brother. ... more

Can Desserts Be Healthy? 8 Tips for a Healthier Sweet Tooth, Plus 2 Recipes

Can desserts be part of a healthy diet? ...more
I'd definitely want to try the brownies. Eating slowly is a definitely good advice. The ... more

Rely Less on the Memento and More on the Memory

Remember back to when you had to wait until the film in your camera was developed to discover the quality of the photographs you took at an event? Sometimes they were blurry, and you couldn't go back in time to re-take them since the moment had passed.  Nina Badzin has a great post about balancing the memory and the memento, or really, not placing so much importance on capturing the moment but rather living it as if you'll never be able to revisit it again. ...more
I've really been trying to be conscious about this. I take pictures. But I try not to get too ... more

Helping Family: When Is Enough?

On Sunday, my hubby's sister posted a photo of their dad in his uniform on her Facebook feed to honor him on Veteran's Day. It's a great photo of their dad, and the sentiment was touching.  ...more
Sorry to say this but your nephew sounds like a free-loader. He can keep his mouth shut and live ... more

What Does Independence Mean To You?

At some point, we all strive for a little independence in our lives. We want to make our own decisions -- call the shots. We want to control our own destiny. Eva, the main character in Sylvia Day's Reflected in You, craved independence from an early age, in large part due to the fact that in many ways her mother was dependent on the men in her life. ...more
Independence was for me, to not have to rely on someone I did not like (namely my father) ... more

I'm Jealous of My Husband

This morning my daughter exploded. Okay, so maybe she didn't explode, but her intestines obviously did. There was poop everywhere -- mashed into her blankets, smeared all over her crib bars, caked onto her hands, feet, and face. The weird thing is, she hadn't even been crying or fussing. I heard her wake up, and I allowed her to babble contentedly to herself for a few minutes while I brushed my teeth and threw some clothes together, then I walked to her room, opened her door, and immediately I knew something had gone terribly wrong....more
I am a full-time (outside) worker. But I have the utmost respect for women who are stay-at-homes ... more

Getting Goats

After spending a year with our chickens and loving every minute of it, hubs and I have decided to expand our homestead horizon and venture into getting goats. Why goats? As my interest and knowledge of homesteading grows, I've found that goats are actually quite useful -- and so stinkin cute! And call me "old-fashioned" (please), but I am hoping to use the milk for ice cream, cheese, butter, and soap. ...more
Thank you for the information. My husband and I are talking about (eventually) getting goats, ... more