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This morning I got going a little earlier than usual, as I was expecting a delivery and wanted to be sure I was awake and dressed and didn't miss hearing the doorbell. I'd stayed up the night before just as late as I normally do, so was somewhat tired and bleary-eyed as I went through my usual morning routine. Still, once I'd made a coffee and settled down in front of my computer I realized that in spite of my sleepiness it was rather nice to have some extra, unexpected quiet time of my own - time to think, to prepare myself for the day, to catch up on odds and ends. ...more

Raising children is not a default chore

  Raising children is not a default chore for women who were unsuccessful in the world of power and wealth, politics or business. The Joy of Mothering &...more

Life Lessons from a 90 year old

I rarely repost but this list is a treasure trove of common sense . These 45 Life lessons were on Stumble Upon1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short not to enjoy it....more

Did you forget? I forgot...

 Is there anything good that comes from forgetting? Well, if my older sister was writing this she would say HELL YES! Because she has forgotten everything. She is so good at forgetting that she needs a GPS to get out of her neighborhood...every time she goes anywhere. It is so charming. Really....more

25 years to Life

.I am assaulted by the irony of today's writing prompt:  Cicero said, "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living". Write about someone you are remembering today.In the wake of the news about Robin Williams and his apparent suicide yesterday, he is the obvious choice....more

Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

Advertisers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products may sometimes keep us healthy, but the secret fountain of youth is not a thing to buy but rather an attitude, an inner way of living.Youth is not found in a bottle of vitamins or in a jar of face cream....more

Tangled Tuesday No. 15

Has it already been a week since my last Tangled Tuesday post?! It's sure been a busy one, full of fun and socializing and ...more

Nan is 100 years old!!

My 61 year-old husband’s grandmother is turning 100 in a couple of weeks!!  Hard to feel old when your grandma is still alive. Trust me; you don’t get to be that old by being a shrinking violet. Nan is a rosary praying, fast car driving woman to be reckoned with. She stubbornly lived alone in a big house till her mid nineties when she broke her hip one too many times. She even bought a sports car at 90 years old  and proceeded to get speeding tickets in the next couple of years till they finally took away her licence....more

Placement Decisions: My Son Can Hear You

In making placement decisions for our children, I’m amazed by how little the elementary educators understand the impact their words have on our children. With my son in the room, they say things that they feel I should hear about him with very little tact and, at times, in a way made to make certain that I should know just how incompetent they feel he is. How should I express my discomfort during those times?...more

Wipe it CLEAN!

If I could erase one thing from my memory what would it be??? Not what you think, I am sure. There are a handful of memories that are so heinous I wish they could be forgotten. But then again, some of these horrible things shaped me. So I guess I had to have them to turn into the awesome chick I am today. Out of the fire and all that jazz.......more