It’s a New Everything

Happy New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve has been a favorite as far back as I can remember.  Even when I was young and spent the holiday babysitting, I would sit with my young charges and we would make lists of resolutions together. Let me tell you, it wasn’t any less exciting for me because I was the “grown up.” I wish I’d saved one … Read the rest

Dream for yourself

“I never dream for myself.”

Hearing someone tell her this in a recent conversation really stuck with a friend of mine. It’s how the two of us came to be talking about dreaming big…

…for ourselves.

I didn’t know the woman who spoke these words but they broke my heart, nonetheless.  Most likely since I can relate.  I think many of us can relate to … Read the rest

Kids: Kitchen Addition

kids kitchen editionDo kids does everyone gravitate to your kitchen?

When you have a party, do grown men and women huddle around the seven layer dip like their life depends on it?

Do friends as old as time remain glued to your kitchen island although comfortable couches are calling your names?

If you so much as TRY to microwave a cup of coffee, do your children, pets … Read the rest

Just Keep Flying

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I’ve professed my love of story-telling podcasts before and This American Life is certainly the grandfather of them all.

The episode, “Need to Know Basis,” didn’t disappoint and really stuck with me. Act two is one of several episodes that deal with college drop out rates and what it takes to succeed. The US has a particularly high college drop-out rate, especially in community colleges. … Read the rest

Save your memories

Between us friends, you miiiiight not get your baby scrapbooks finished.  And since we’re being honest, you probably won’t get around to doing anything with those precious scraps of paper used to record all the firsts and funnies.  You’re not EVEN going to get one of those photo albums to just stick the pictures in.

You’re going to put it all in a shoebox.

A … Read the rest

The Words that Started it All

I’ve got a thinker, everybody.  She took Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” with her on the bus – kind of thinker.  Let me be clear, she is a normal, messy-room, won’t brush her hair, music/Harry Potter loving, pre-teen in every other way.

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But when you ask for her opinion on books, history, politics, friendship, just about anything – she’ll tell you things that … Read the rest

Are you on an adventure?

Copy of Just Keep FlyingI love love love podcasts.

I devour them.

There is NEVER an episode of This American Life that my husband has listened to first. He just can’t do it. And I think it’s adorable when people ask me NOW, in May 2015, if I’ve “heard of Serial.” I have heard it, developed my own theory, watched the SNL parody and followed the reddit train all … Read the rest