Breathe, Love, Read, Laugh


I was feeling miffed because yesterday I spent a couple of hours making two lasagnas – one veggie and one meaty – for my mom, my sister, and her two friends who were bringing her into town at around 5 p.m. and staying for dinner.  I took the lasagna over/Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2012 12:26PM

365 new opportunities

The new year offers us "365 new opportunities" for growth. I read that phrase in a recent Yoga Journal article (my apologies to the author; I tried to find it again to give credit but couldn't). 

I decided to adopt this saying as my mantra for 2012: Each day IRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 3:53PM

The Un-Friend

Do you un-friend someone on Facebook, or do you de-friend them?  Whichever one it’s called, I did it for the first and only time a few months ago. It felt so powerful, like a permanent scribbling of the eraser over a relationship. 

The un-friend in question (I’ll call her RhondRead full post »


This was meant to be an inspirational post for others who, like me, have great difficulty in working up any motivation or enthusiasm for exercise but instead find it equally easy to work up imaginative and plausible excuses not to exercise.   

I was going to extol the virtues ofRead full post »

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MARCH 22, 2011 4:58PM

The circle of breasts

As I stepped out of the shower the other night, my eight-year-old daughter, who had also just showered, watched me dry off.  She laughed at how my breasts “flopped” and asked me if she could touch them.  Her little fingers tentatively explored my breast and nipple for a moment,Read full post »

 The book 'Lost Boy' by Brent Jeffs

My slight obsession to understand the Mormon religion from an outsider’s perspective has led me to yet another book about the infamous Mormon splinter group, the FLDS, or the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

I’ve read many books on the topicRead full post »

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OCTOBER 27, 2010 3:20PM

Another piece of the puzzle

“Riley, do you know who that is?”

“That’s my first mommy,” he said.

Riley was around seven years old, and  he and I were sitting on his bed looking at the small photo album of his birth and baby pictures.  Riley is the only one of our three kids who hasRead full post »

My sister's doctor told her she didn't need her first mammogram until she was 50. 

Now she is 48 and has been told she might live another three years - if she eats lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Her undiagnosed breast cancer spread to her lymph nodes, down her… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2010 3:55PM

Health insurance hell


I’ve lost some faith in capitalism since I started reading the book The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald.  The author details how Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) executives conspired with their domestic and international competitors to fix prices and production volumes on many of their pro

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APRIL 1, 2010 4:15PM

My kids are fed and watered...

...and sometimes that’s the best I can do.


 Oy, yoy, yoy, the guilt!  And I’m not even Jewish. 

I wish I would have known that Motherhood came with that large piece of baggage known as Guilt. 

I don’t feed them healthy enough food.  In fact, most of w/Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2010 10:59AM

Reach out after miscarriage

Something reminded me recently of the miscarriage I had over ten years ago. 

It was my first pregnancy, less than a year after I got married, and the pregnancy terminated itself after "only" six weeks.  I put the word only in parentheses because I consider myself fortunate that I didn't… Read full post »

A Burger King commercial was in the news not too long ago because some of it could be considered racist and perpetuating of African American stereotypes.  I didn’t see the commercial, but I remember that people were outraged.   

Currently, too many TV commercials to count &nRead full post »