Breathing Room

Edited: This is the second time I’ve posted this essay. I initially posted it a couple of days ago with a ridiculously boring title and NO ONE read it! (Unless my site stats aren’t working, in which case, I’m sorry for putting it in front of you again.) For someone wanting to enter the book publishing industry,…

Glory Days

A recurring theme has been popping up in my daily life lately. I can’t even remember all of the specific moments, but it essentially boils down to numerous people (singers, bloggers, friends, etc.) voicing what they believe is the best phase of life. For instance, I read a post written by a woman I really respect the other night….

Moving Nests

In the spring of 2013, I sat in a circle on the floor at my then 2-yr-old’s preschool. My husband was just to my left. My mother, the preschool director, several teachers, and an endocrine nurse were also there. All eyes were on the nurse. There were no children in sight. They were all in…

Colorado Storm

It’s been years since I’ve been to Colorado. I used to visit annually and always appreciated the afternoon thunderstorms that would roll in like clockwork between 3:00 and 4:00 every afternoon. They’d usually roll out just as quickly. This summer, I was struck by how wonderfully different Colorado storms compare to the ones I’m used…

A Challenge

Originally posted on Nelbell:
A friend came to me for advice. Understandably upset, she kept pressing; hoping I’d know some sort of legal action to take against someone. She forgot I’m not a litigious person. Since the offending person was described as “unreasonable” and there was no hope of talking it out, my advice was to…

Tattoos, A Family Afair

I’m ready… ready to get inked. My 20-year-old brother has decided he is going to get one with me! We’ve also chosen who we want to do the work. As of last weekend, we just needed to set up our appointments. So spontaneously last Saturday, he and I decided to meet for our consults and reserve our spots. I…

Shoes for the Journey

Let me first say a hazard of being responsible for maintaining our social media presence at work is sometimes getting distracted. One day last week, my work was TOTALLY derailed. It happened while updating my company’s social media sites. I stumbled upon a Facebook post of my beautiful best friend’s lovely pedicured feet wearing the new Birkenstocks her work friends had…

Taming the Bull in the China Shop

I drove by a crowded miniature golf course earlier this week. My skin started to crawl and my neck tensed up. Blech! I can’t stand miniature golf! Chasing a tiny ball around, trying to coerce it into a tiny hole with a tiny stick, especially in the hot sun on a crowded course, is not my idea of…

Rage

Huge tears pool then overflow. Hot hands curl into balls. Heart pounds, blood pumps. Words are mumbled soft and low. Neck stiffens, begins to ache. Heavy head bows to the floor. Spine bends, eyes burn. Jaw tightens, knows what’s at stake. Then it rises from inside Like fire on the move. Pushing back, trying hard. Rage is building, won’t subside. Feet begin to pace…

Am I So Vain I Think That Song is About Me?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I think people who know me would agree that I’m not a vain person. I “get ready” once a day (which consists of lip color, blush, and sometimes minimal eye-liner), and I rarely look in another mirror all day long. I rarely even do my hair. I usually let it dry on the way…

Vegan Soy-Free Cake Recipe

This cake recipe has changed our lives. Before we discovered all of his food allergies, my son would get terribly ill after eating the slightest amount of typical party fair, including birthday cake. We have come so far! This recipe came from his preschool director who has multiple grandchildren with an array of food allergies. We now use…

I Almost Choked To Death.

I almost died today. Seriously. And it’s Adele’s fault. Well, not really. Okay, It was totally my fault. (For the record, Adele trying to kill me is the only exaggeration in this story.) I had been singing along with One And Only when I pulled into my garage during a quick stop at home over…