I know lots of moms. Some are crafty, some are incredibly active and others are unbelievably excellent cooks. Then there are the ones who make the whole work/life thing look ridiculously easy. It's that last set of moms that get to us. The ones who seem to have the perfect children, house, marriage - the ones that make us question how we are lacking in our own lives....more
When it comes to making gains in the fight against Alzheimer's, it doesn't take much to get me excited. Once you see what the disease does to someone you love, any hope for a cure (or to slow down symptoms) is great. In a new study from the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco and the University of California-San Francisco, scientists were able to reverse learning and memory deficits in mice with Alzheimer's. ...more
Some of my fondest memories are those spent at the ocean on the Carolina coast. I often revisit those times with paint and canvas. Going to the beach usually involved extended family, always a new baby or two, and lots of grown-ups to watch the joy of first experiences with sand and sea....more
My 1st BlogHer Conference, and I'm reading all I can to prepare. If you have any suggestions for newbies please send them my way. I've blogged for over 4 years, (even won a couple of awards) but still feel like a rookie. I'm really looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers, and sharing ideas. So impressed with the keynote speakers... Guy Kawasaki is awesome and it will be amazing to hear Ariana Huffington in person. Great variety of sessions and topics. Can't wait....more
The car sped through the narrow road, dodging oncoming traffic and narrowly missing cars in front it... and the kerbside. The driver, my late cousin's boyfriend drove, maniacally, totally unaware of the havoc he was causing in the nervous system of its passengers.He was driving completely unsafely, blissfully unaware of road signs and the white middle line dividing the road into 2 lanes. Hooters sounded and he carried on talking, a non-stop narrative of the history of the countryside and its attractions....more
Last June, my dad's youngest brother hatched a grand plan. The three brothers and their families hadn't vacationed together in quite some time. My husband, two sons, parents, brother, and sister-in-law perfected the multi-generational vacation over the years, and as my uncle got to witness it in person for three days last year, he decided 2014 would be the perfect year to really put the multi in multi-generational. We booked two houses as soon as we could, and we began planning out the most epic of vacations. We all happily looked forward to June 21 when we would begin a week of pure relaxation and family togetherness.
Then my beloved grandmother, my father and uncles' mother, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014.
I stood for a long while at the sink, washing and trimming the flat of strawberries from Sunday’s farmers market. In my left hand, between thumb and forefingers, I held one berry at a time. In my right, I gently gripped the handle of a paring knife and sliced the stem end off with a motion running towards my body. My hands worked together in a practiced way, the repetitive motions so unconsciously deft that when I plucked the last berry from the colander, I was surprised....more
Okay: we've seen the ultrasound pictures. It's official: my daughter is pregnant. My first-born baby girl, who cannot possibly be old enough to be a mother, is going to have a baby sometime in early December. Hello, Jane, this is real life!...more