My Adventures in Pokemon Go – Part 1

"Mom, slow down. I need to get some progress on my egg." No, we're not farmers. These are the words of my son when we're playing Pokemon Go. Okay, and we're cheating. Just a little. We're in our car and we should be walking or biking. You see if you move too fast, your egg … Continue reading My Adventures in Pokemon Go – Part 1

Music Magic and “The Rhythm in My Head”

I watched my son's middle school music concert with tears streaming down my face. I know what you're thinking. Really? But it's a middle school music concert. I know, I know. But I also that know that my dad would have really loved this. He was a huge jazz fan. My dad played the clarinet … Continue reading Music Magic and “The Rhythm in My Head”

Smack, Whack, the Ice Is Cold

Over the holidays (yeah, I know I'm still back there...still recovering), I spent some time with that fluffy, white stuff that falls from the sky. Snow! Lovely snow. Lovely cold, icy, slippery snow. In all its many forms, a beautiful sight and a great way to bring in the New Year. A few years back, I … Continue reading Smack, Whack, the Ice Is Cold

A Communication Tip for the Holidays and Beyond: “Me Time”

Have you ever been in a conversation where you were so busy formulating a response that you missed what the other person said altogether? Sometimes I think life happens this way; life as a conversation where we are only half-way committed, half-way listening. Many times we are so fixated on predicting what happens next that … Continue reading A Communication Tip for the Holidays and Beyond: “Me Time”

Thanksgiving Quandries

For this year's Thanksgiving meal, I will responsible for cooking. This also includes planning. We all know that the secret to a successful Thanksgiving meal with numerous side dishes delivered to the table piping hot all at once is....more than one oven! Correct? But unless you live in a hotel or you're just lucky, you're like … Continue reading Thanksgiving Quandries

Expect a Three-week Debrief

My sister said to me the other day, "I just want to know where Dad is." I still feel like I can call him and visit him down the street. He's definitely not there. I could consult religious texts about this question of where one goes after life. Heaven, I hope. With an online search, I … Continue reading Expect a Three-week Debrief

Regrets Begone

A good friend asked me, "Honestly, do you think you're the first person to have regrets after losing a loved one?" Of course, I'm not the only one. Regrets are universal and to be expected. Yet there is also the expectation and urging to let them go. I've returned to this regret stage many times … Continue reading Regrets Begone