Life Isn't A Straight Path

The other night I sat at our dining room table, across from my daughter and her forever friend, A. It was late, and everyone else in the house had long since gone to sleep. As tired as I was, I couldn't pull myself away from the moment - the chance to look across at them, remembering their fourth-grade sleepover faces and times before life threw boys and jobs and college and adulthood in their path....more

Isabel Allende's New Novel 'The Japanese Lover'

I didn't quite know what to expect when I cracked open the cover of Isabel Allende's latest novel, The Japanese Lover. To be honest, I was surprised with the title - I always associate Allende with stories set in Latin America, magical and mystical and certainly not settings in Asia. I quickly came to discover that Allende, in fact, utilized a familiar setting after all: San Francisco, close to her home in California, and sixty short miles away from mine. That got me hooked, and I could hardly put the book down. ...more
I am always looking for new reads. This sounds good.more

8 Great Books To Read In 2016

  "A room without books is like a body without a soul." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero...more

The Bravest Person I Know Is A Mother

 The bravest person I know is the parent facing life after the loss of their child.I’m trying not to live in fear, not to future trip. I’m trying to send love and light and strength and healing energy. I’m trying not to be furious at the Universe who is taking parents on this journey....more

What David Bowie Taught Me About Living Around The Edges of Life And Death

 "As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left?"David BowieDavid Bowie, dead? It can't be possible....more

These Moms Don't Know Me - I'm A Teacher


Learning to Accept That "No" Is a Complete Sentence

"No" is a complete sentence. That line used to drive me crazy when my kids were little. Remember those days when every request, every plea, every last ounce of your mommy-breath received a "no"? Do you remember their determined little faces, squeezed into such ferociousness, fists in the air? ...more
JanErickson  Jan, your kind words are so appreciated. I hope that I (and other moms) are ...more

Better Days: An ALS Documentary

Do you remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Last summer, millions and millions of people jumped at the chance to dump ice chests, buckets and barrels of ice cold water on themselves, and then challenge their friends to do the same. Social media was saturated with photos, videos and testimonials ....more

Kindness Matters

Six months ago, I wrote an essay about my son’s injury at Mt. Hood. I called it “Broken”, and you can read the original piece here ....more