Beneath the Ashes

“The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes.” ― Pierre CorneilleI've been debating all day whether to write this or not but I'm still thinking about it so I guess I will go ahead....more

Low Carb Pumpkin Sausage Soup

It's fall, so it's time for pumpkins!...more

It's Good to Be Insured: How Obamacare Is Helping Our Family

I have been uninsured most of my adult life.  Even when our kids qualified for TennCare, even when for a brief happy time we were able to insure John via TennCare Standard thanks to his existing medical conditions, unless I qualified via pregnancy, we could not afford to buy private insurance for me.  For the most part, in retrospect, that worked out well for us.  We gambled on my continued good health, and we won.  It would have been nice to be able to go to the doctor for checkups like insured folk, but I was never hit with a medical catastrophe while uninsured....more

Book Review: The Relationship Project

It's been awhile since I've done an Off the Shelf book review for Beacon Hill Press.  Today I am happy to be sharing The Relationship Project by Bill Strom with you.  As always, my views are my own, and the only compensation I received was the book itself!...more

Forty Years of Yo-Yo Dieting

I've been promising for awhile that I would write about the way I've been eating lately.  I've already shared with you the positive effects on my health and my weight.  I haven't sat down to write before now because it feels important to start at the beginning, and the beginning was a LONG time ago....more

Lifelong Marriage: Not for the Faint of Heart

The other day I was talking to my Aunt Joan and she mentioned that she and Uncle Jack will be married 60 years in December.  "I think we're going to last," she said.  She was only 16 when they married and conventional wisdom wouldn't have given them much of a chance.  Her Aunt Bert gave her sheets for a wedding gift, saying, "If you don't last I want these back!"  But they did last, with two happily married sons and five grandkids, a family business (Aunt Joan still answers the phone), and a "family compound" on their land "out in the country" as we used to refer to thei...more
Married And Naked Thank you--I'm glad you like it.  Those words have gotten us through a lot.more

Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar

Twenty-five years ago today, which would have been a Thursday night, John and friends were having a bachelor party (and the less said about that the better!) while my friends and I celebrated more sedately at the family home of one of my bridesmaids.  We were married two days later, on August 12, 1989, which means that we are marking our silver anniversary this week....more

Not Your Parents' Rhythm Method

I'm late to the party, but thought I should do my bit to promote NFP Awareness Week.If you aren't Catholic (and in a sad commentary on lots of things, maybe even if you are) you may have no idea what NFP even is.  The doctor I went to see right after I was married didn't.  Of course, that's been a while back, so maybe the situation has improved....more

Book Review: Rescuing Julia Twice

I am so happy that Tina Traster offered me the chance to read and review this important story of her daughter’s adoption from Russia (Siberia, to be precise) and the family’s struggle with Reactive Attachment Disorder.Let me start by explaining why this subject resonates with me, and why I was excited to read this book....more
KCF1 Thanks for sharing your personal story!  Contrasting your experience with the author's, I ...more