3 weeks ago
Since we went to church on Saturday night we had a whole Sunday to ourselves.  We sat on the couch for part of it and did Chapter 4 in our couples book.  Working through this book brings up past dysfunctions that may be causing issues in being able to relate now.  Both of us feel as if we relate exceptionally well actually, probably because we’ve been doing it for over 36 years.  Our marriage is solid, a joy.  Our marriage rotates around God, like the planets around the sun.  That’s what keeps us in sync and makes us work so well together.  And we can coun
3 weeks ago
The BlogHer Writing Lab prompts look like fun this month!  (I'm sure they are fun other months, too, but I haven't noticed them in a while.)  Snapshots?  Something in a storage box?  I can do that!I've got the post over on my personal blog.  I'm not sure how I want to handle posting here as well as there, so for today, I'm going to just include a link to the blog.  I'll try over the next few days to look around and decide how I want to integrate posts here with posts there!
3 weeks ago
I have such a love-hate relationship with social media. On the one hand–as an extreme introvert–I sometimes don’t communicate with the outside world for days at a time, and the internet serves as a place where I can connect with others in the only [non-awkward] way I know. On the other hand, the internet turns me into a jealous, raging b*tch even I can’t recognize. It’s usually one extreme or the other: there is no real happy medium for me when it comes to social media. 
5 weeks ago
You can find A to Z Sillies Series #1 here.Try your own! Your creative brain will have fun with this! "Would you be so kind as to feed the fish?" I asked.X-acto knife in hand, he joked "No, but I can filet them for you.""You're a nerd.""Zorro!" he yelled, whipping his X-acto knife about in a zee formation.
5 weeks ago
I'm starting a series called A to Z Sillies because it's a great creative exercise, loosening things up in a writers-blocked brain. I think it could be one hell of a lifesaver during the month of NaBloPoMo.
5 weeks ago
I remember lots of books from my childhood. Not specific books, but lots of them. My father was an elementary school teacher until he retired a few years ago. My mother still works as a children's librarian. So, books were kind of a big deal in my household.
5 weeks ago
Historical + Fiction? Biased textbooks aside, there is a hopping industry in books and films for this seemingly contradictory combination. Some of these venture into the unknowable moments of well-known lives, using deep research to verily reconstruct a day-in-the-life of the world's most powerful historical figures. And on the other hand, we have the outrageously whimsical and sardonic. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, anyone?
6 weeks ago
Don't take away my phone is a line from a song in a play "Screen Time" performed by all the kids who are in the after school program my 4th grader attends. It was a well written, well sung play. About kids and their "screens" and how frustrating it is for parents these days to navigate their kids demand for more and more time on them.
7 weeks ago
Ok, you can probably tell how new I am to blogging. I hit enter earlier and it looks like I now posted a blog with a title only! 
9 weeks ago
After an extremely wet and dreary winter I am very grateful that a new season has arrived. Hello, Spring! The increased sunshine and drier weather (here’s hoping) will be a very welcome change. I snapped this photo during spring break while walking in a local park. There is nothing prettier than all of the trees blooming, adding shades of pink to the sea of greens.
9 weeks ago
“We are our own worst enemies”I thank God every morning for changing my life. I needed a change. I think about where I was last year this time and man I couldn’t be more grateful for where I am now. I feel that much closer to my dreams. When acknowledging these changes and triumph I have to recognize the things that were holding me back, so they may never hold me back again. Without further a due here’s a list of things that we destroying my soul. (y’all know I’m dramatic)Fear
11 weeks ago
So, today I decided to write my first blog. Hmm, what to write, what to say? Goal for today is to clean my house and investigate the nature of superfood. I think cleaning will take all day so I might have to pause the superfood research til the weekend.So yes, I am a virgin when it comes to blogging. I don't fully know the rules, how to act, react, say something, or just lie there?print<<"Hello Blog World";<em>&nbsp;</em>
11 weeks ago
11 weeks ago
 I was in the therapist's office. Talking about my failures. Too numerous to mention here. She, in all of her wisdom, addressed my current nagging issue. I talked about how I am trying to teach my children that the "spotlight" must be shared and just because one child is shining, the other child is not dull.The problem is, somehow (?), my girls have turned the "spotlight" into a competition that has parental love, as the grand prize. My therapist used the most illustrative of metaphors to help me and I want to share it here.
12 weeks ago
Today I will write about my relationship with my parents, and how it changed over the years. 
13 weeks ago
My husband sings in the shower. He makes up lyrics to real songs. He personalizes the songs to our life, our family, our situation. On Sunday he was belting out a song to the tune of "California Dreaming". You know..."all the leaves are brown...."I walked through on my way to the closet. He stopped singing and asked if I wanted to talk about anything. Anything like what? I asked.The girls?Us?Religion?Politics?I said, "ummm....anything but politics".
15 weeks ago
Ever since I was just a little girl, I was quite the cow. Daft and awkward and herbivore. Aunt Flo paid me her first visit rather late but I think I always had the motherly instinct.
15 weeks ago
In Response toBlogHer Writing Lab’sTuesday, February 2, 2016How do you find a new passion?
16 weeks ago
 February is a month to blog about Passion. What you are passionate about? Who are you passionate about? What fuels your passions and stuff like that? Blah blah, love, passion, moon, spoon, June. Not feeling it. But I am only 5 days into the month so anything is possible.
16 weeks ago
If you ever took the time to look in behind a nondescript door tucked away in a noisy, crowded city where either there is too much character or not at all,there are not many chances you would find little Mrs. Big Bear. She is awkward, and quite out of place. She isn't a very groomed Mrs. at all. Not hairy enough for a Bear.
17 weeks ago
It is the 27th day of January in the year 2016 and I am officially in a New Year's rut. My 2015 ended with my health being in a pretty crappy space and it interfered with my ability to embrace this New Year. I am still in a place of unknowing with regard to my intestinal distress but I had a GI doctor tell me that in the realm of patients seen at his practice, I am considered very healthy. As if this was supposed to make me feel better. Which it did not. It infuriated me. And that confused me.
17 weeks ago
This is one of many easy recipes I have for weeknight dinner after a long day at work! I love making this dish that I grow up eating. Very easy to make and easy to eat, served with pita bread, roasted potato and easy to prepare salad, I guarantee  your family will love it. 11 Eggs1/2 minced fresh Parsley1/2 cup minced Onion1/2 cup minced Cilantro1 tbsp. Salt1/4 tbsp... Black Pepper4 tbsp.
18 weeks ago
In Response toBlogging University'sDaily PromptExhale
18 weeks ago
In Response toBlogHer Writing Lab’sJanuary (Balance) PromptMonday, January 18, 2016It's midway through the month. Are you still keeping your resolutions? 
19 weeks ago
TGIF Everyone!Today’s BlogHer Writing Lab prompt asks the question, “During an average day, do you communicate more with people online or offline?”.
19 weeks ago
In Response ToBlogHerWriting Lab January Prompt“Balance” (Day 8)
19 weeks ago
In Response To Writing Lab - Facebook GroupQuestion Of The DayThe question of the day for
19 weeks ago
It’s normally a five-hour drive across the high desert to Boise from my hometown of Bend, Oregon (including a Chai tea stop). Yesterday it took seven hours to get home because of all this beautiful white fluffy stuff that had decorated the landscape.  And the mailboxes.It may not be as safe driving alone across this barren land in winter as it is in the not-winter months, but the adventure is worth it. Always. 
19 weeks ago
In Response ToBlogHer Writing Lab – Balance (Day 7)Monday, January 11, 2016
19 weeks ago
In  Blogging University's  Daily Prompt we’re asked“What’s the worse possible thing that could happen to me today?”.
20 weeks ago
In Response ToBlogHerWriting Lab (Day 6)Friday, January 8, 2016What helps you stay focused on work while you’re at work or home while you’re at home?
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