Face-to-Face with My Empty Nest Life

I am at last face-to-face with my empty nest life, even if I am still in denial. Today, my first day with an empty house, I want to remain tucked within my sheets, indulging in a flood of salty tears that have already soaked through and stained my pillow. I have no desire to open my eyes and indulge them to a surrounding wall of obvious sunshine and warmth outside.My heart is breaking! And this is only my first day....more
So sorry to hear about your pain, my friend. I am glad you are writing about it, though. Your ... more

Death, Loss And Their Potential To Awaken Life

As I sat in a local breakfast spot with two of my best girlfriends this morning I received a phone call that a young woman my family knows passed away in a drowning accident yesterday evening. She was a local middle school teacher who left behind her husband and two young children, both under the age of four....more
She was a neighbor, and I also have been struggling to make any kind of sense of the senseless. ... more

BlogHer '13 - Buy or Sell a Conference Pass

Post here if you are interested in buying or selling a conference pass.  Important note:In the event a ticket bought for personal use must be sold or given away, such tickets may be transferred to another person after purchase, until June 25th. Any transfers or other changes to badge information after June 25th will incur a $25 fee. Blogger tickets may only be sold or shared between bloggers.

For Now, It's A Secret

Next Sunday at this time, I will be on my way to the Magnificent Mile in Chicago for two days of training.I am really excited! But alas, I'm not allowed to go into details of my trip.Yet.But that will change!, as my part of this gig is blogging once a month about what I'm going to be using/doing/playing with/learning. So yeah, this is my first big blogging gig! I was "discovered" and emailed about the campaign through my blog at http://www.karenlsandoval.com. How cool is that?...more
@KarenLynnn  @alienbody Yay, how exciting! A woman of mystery! I hope it has something to do ... more

BlogHer '13 - Buy or Sell a Conference Pass

Post here if you are interested in buying or selling a conference pass.  Important note:In the event a ticket bought for personal use must be sold or given away, such tickets may be transferred to another person after purchase, until June 25th. Any transfers or other changes to badge information after June 25th will incur a $25 fee. Blogger tickets may only be sold or shared between bloggers.

Everything You Need to Know about Business Cards for BlogHer ‘13

The conference is near, and now is the time to think about those business cards!...more
@Elaine Griffin What do you think about including a city/state on the card? Lately in print ads ... more

BlogHer '13 - Buy or Sell a Conference Pass

Post here if you are interested in buying or selling a conference pass.  Important note:In the event a ticket bought for personal use must be sold or given away, such tickets may be transferred to another person after purchase, until June 25th. Any transfers or other changes to badge information after June 25th will incur a $25 fee. Blogger tickets may only be sold or shared between bloggers.

A Tale Of Two Dad's

Everybody has a "dad" story. I have two of them. My biological father decided I was a hopeless case when I was 17 and no longer would take his side in the demise of his marriage to my mom. You know what went through my mind when he said "make your choice, it's either me or your mother, you can't have it both ways"? I'll tell you. No fucking wonder she left him.  Of course I was devastated that my parents split up, but I ended being his pawn. So I "chose" the person who didn't make me choose. Mom. And then he died a few years ago....more
Love this--thanks for sharing the evolution of your relationship with your Dad. You are so lucky ... more

On Father’s Day I Recognize and Celebrate My BFF

This month of June, 2013, we’ll celebrate another Father’s Day. So I would like to recognize my husband, a hardworking man of integrity, and my “Best Forever Friend.” He has also been a devoted father to our children. They would attest to this....more
You two truly have a love story like no other. "The course of true love never did run smooth," ... more

From BlogHer '12 to a Green Cabin

Have you ever seen something that had an immediate impact on your life? Something so wonderful, you couldn't quite understand the magnitude at the time, but which moved you to action, figuring the whys and wherefores would later appear?...more
Even a broke N.C. teacher can give a few dollars to help creative women, and feel GREAT in the ... more