Adult Swim: Being a "Mature Adult" at the Kids First Swim School

I had a rather depressing milestone birthday this year, and around the same time a friend asked if I’d like to participate in a women’s empowerment mini-triathlon in September with her. It sounded like an intriguing idea – just what I needed this year to prove to myself I’m not yet “over the hill.”...more
Leighbra  Thanks for writing. If I can give it a shot, so can you. I had to laugh because the ...more

De-stress and Re-lax During Menopause

Researchers now know that women are 70% more likely to suffer from depression than man and menopause’s hormonal roller coaster can aggravate the problem....more

Last Chances

Today is the last day of school. I got up a little extra early to prepare the day since I'm the only parent home this morning. Smartypants got up extra early too, before I had a chance to wake her like I usually do. I was glad, I needed her to be cooperative and self-starting, and she was. She was done with breakfast and dressed (very cutely) before 7:05,  when her sister came out to join us. Smartypants volunteered to pour Giggle's cereal, and I let her....more

Mom's Great Escape

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Grandma on the far left, other relatives, my Grandpa on the far right and mom just over his left shoulder in black. ...more

Midlife Cabernet: I Never Called Him Daddy

My father died 25 years ago this week. If I could see him again, my first question would be, “Am I still grounded?”He’d probably say, “Yes.”We had a contentious relationship, mainly because I challenged authority and he was determined to break my strong spirit by imposing a limited variety of parenting techniques: grounding or spanking with a wooden board. After my last spanking at age 12, I turned to him and said, “Well, this method of punishment isn’t working for me.” So he grounded me. Forever....more
ElaineAmbrose Absolutely!more

Finding My Spiritual Center

I wonder sometimes why people feel they need to travel to the ends of the earth to “find” themselves or their spiritual center.  Why do they find an ashram in India to be more enlightening than their backyard or kitchen window? I’m not judging because I believe we all have different paths to wander, but I do question if sometimes we miss what is right in front of us....more

Leadership Lessons: Daring + Caring = Sharing

My new book, the one I am writing as you read this, is about women becoming more daring, men more caring and together all of us moresharing. It is the new way for men and women to relate and work together, at home, in the office, everywhere!Do you want to be part of the pioneering group to make the world a better place? Do you want to help redesign the crazy, frantic pace that seems to be the norm and is making stress go over the top? Do you want more time to create and sing, paint, swim, dance and laugh out loud?...more

A Glimpse of My Empty Nest

Chateau, My Home


I Want to Scream at a Corpse

I Want to Scream at a Corpse ...more