Lean In.  I am so happy this dialogue is taking place.  That said, I have not read the book, and I’m not going to.  I don’t want to.  If I am going to take the brain power and time to read a book, I would like it to have nothing, AT ALL, to do with … Continue reading Leaning.

9 years

Kids are asleep.  House is a mess.  We’ve hardly been here this summer.  Our dear, dear friend has gone home after an impromptu visit.  I love when people visit.  It feels more like real life to me, not the numbed out, “finances are too tight to buy a kayak” kind of life.  You know, real/real … Continue reading 9 years

Sweet Mama

Emotions are messy.  You could choose to look at it that way; but we are emotional beings.  Last night, I drank three glasses of wine – extremely rare for me these days – and cried on Pinterest.  Laughing is permissible here. Since I work in the marshes where emotions have become stuck, or else helping … Continue reading Sweet Mama


It takes less than one heartbeat for a life to change forever.  What happens next is all about us, because no matter what is going on – whether it be terrible, mundane, or beautiful – the way we respond lends meaning.  From the outside, people will make assumptions or judge our reactions; it’s human nature.  Some … Continue reading Brave

Fabricating Joy

We speak of joy.  It’s the treasure that sparkles in the distance. Have joy, Seek joy, Allow joy All of these are good, solid mantras, though if you’ve spent any significant amount of time curled up with deep and dim sadness, or its friend, empty heaviness, they are just words.  We polish them over in the mind, or mouth them … Continue reading Fabricating Joy