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Why So Many?

Seriously, why are there so many? Do you feel the same way? Years ago when we cut our cable cord and moved to streaming, there weren’t that many app choices to view local channels or a bevy of movies and shows to choose from. The magnitude of options are now immense and often feel overwhelming…

Dig Deeper

Was I oblivious as a child or just free of the world’s minute to minute madness without the internet or social media? I’d like to think it’s the latter and hope that it’s not because it’s worse. Sure, a freak storm here and there, disease outbreaks that felt very distant, or local concerns about subsiding…

Death By Email

I’ve decided my job description is ‘check email’. That’s it. For everything. Kids, house, family stuff, travel, activities, friend meet ups, dog, paid work, unpaid work, volunteer work…check email. I’m going nuts [from email]! Alright, admit it. For those of us gen Xers, Yers, millennials, or even the unique subset of geriatric millennials, admit it.…

Lake Michigan Rocks

Double meaning- there’s tons of rocks and it’s gorgeous and cool. Did it again. It looks cool and the water is cold. I will stop now! Why does it take a pandemic or disaster to realize the beauty around you? Do you think it’s common to need to travel far away to escape or that…

Is Anyone Else Worried?

Nope- this isn’t about a covid resurgence.  I’m worried about our planet. Having been up close and personal in late elementary and early middle school earth science over the last year, I’m recognizing things again that hadn’t been in the forefront of my mind. Recycling. There was a huge push to begin recycling in the…

I Survived Virtual School

As our virtual- yes, virtual- school year comes to a close, I’m able to exhale. Not a full exhale yet, but more like the slow release of air out of a balloon. I’m sure you can hear the high pitched squeaky noise. That’s me right now- squeaking away. Mind the squeak.  It’s been 442 days…

Thank You Winter

You saved me. Thank you.  Flipping my life upside down to respond to the demands of a pandemic has not been easy. Its taken courage and tenacity. There have been good days followed by lots of bad days. But I’m grateful, I really am. I have what I need, but somehow it is still a…

From The Heart

How often do you feel alive? Wind in your hair, sunshine on your face, a win at work or in a game, a compliment, a hug, a delicious meal, or love radiating back at you from your favorite people? It’s probably something you prefer to experience daily. How do we feel these things while not…

Will It End When Her Hair Grows Back?

I’m guessing a few of you have asked the rhetorical question, when will it end? It being the pandemic.  When will we feel safe to remove the mask? When will we not panic when someone coughs or sneezes? When can we go inside loved ones homes? When can we loudly sing at a concert with…

The Abyss- COVID-19 and Space

I’m sure you’ve read numerous articles on the year recap or have at least tried your hardest to avoid them. I can see why reliving the memories isn’t needed. The calendar says it’s a new year, but the fresh start is lacking. The freedom is lacking. We’re all still stuck on this messy planet and…

2020 Vocabulary

What a year! Maybe it’s cliche to say that but it’s true in this case. The number of strange events and discoveries in rapid succession has really stunned most people. In case the year has felt like a blur and you’re dying to relive the weirdness for a laugh (or cry), here’s a short list…

When Will I Hit My Stride?

I’m one of those people. You know, those annoying people who rigorously move around for 5 minutes and get an endorphin release big enough to conquer the world. Some close to me find this annoying. They ask me to slow down. To prioritize and plod through instead of busting through my self created list at…

The Storm

On August 29, 2005, the worst of Hurricane Katrina had passed as we watched the news in anticipation if everything would stay that way. My dad was optimistic as most hurricanes just waved hello and left. No other hurricane during the 33 years that my parents lived in New Orleans had really taken up the…

Awe Inspires Wellness

I stared out across the vast lake while gently rocking in the canoe. It was a quiet morning without much traffic. Just the sky, the trees and water for miles. The air was still. The sun reflected off the water and danced around in a pattern that was hypnotizing. The swirls in the water from…

What’s That Smell?

Endless days in pajamas. Replaying board games that previously collected dust. Predominantly only speaking to family in your home. Who wouldn’t expect loneliness, boredom, anxiety, depression, and anger? At least that’s what the American Psychological Association states are potential outcomes without our typical access to fulfilling activities, socialization, and a normal volume of sensory stimuli.…

Where’s My Slipper?

No, this isn’t about Cinderella, despite my 4 year old suggesting it. In a house with 5 people, 3 of which are children, the frequency of lost or rather misplaced items is a constant. Where’s my backpack? Where are my snow pants? Where are my goggles? Despite the size of the item, the question is…

What’s It Like to Grow Up?

Bedtime. The end of the day and what long days they have been lately. I laid next to my 6 year old son who requests book after book, story after story. He likes to reflect and ponder profound questions and slips these questions in between book and storytelling requests. Nearly asleep, he hit me with…

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