It’s Always Flu Season – And You’re Always Contagious

Hey, did you hear?  It’s flu season!  Lots of people in my community are getting the sniffles, and I have been getting notices from school nurses and newscasters to get my flu shot and wash my hands.  Duly noted.  I want to stay healthy, and I‘m well aware that viruses can spread like wildfire.    But…

How to Tap Into the Energy of a Child

Have you ever looked at young child and thought, “I wish I had a fraction of the energy that kid has?”  Kids seem to have a never-ending supply of boundless energy from sun up to sun down.  My own two sons can barely sit still long enough to eat a proper meal, and when they…

Why You Should Always Eat the Last Slice of Pizza

I’m a good person.  At least, I sure try to be.  I admire my parents’ never-ending generosity, patience, kindness and love, and I try to emulate them anyway I can.  You know that famous saying, “She’s the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back?”  I want to be that person! …

I Was Wrong vs. You Were Wrong

There is no phrase in the world I hate hearing more than, “I told you so.”  It’s awful!  It’s like nails on a chalkboard when I hear the phrase.  I want to be good and smart and perfect, so the thought of someone pointing out how wrong I was and how right they are makes…

What Label Are You Wearing Today?

Sometimes I think we should all walk around with signs around our necks.  This is not a unique idea.  I remember Jane suggesting this very concept in the movie “For Love of the Game.”  The idea Jane proposed was that if men and women wore signs around our neck describing our thoughts, life would be…

What if my Son Kinda-Sorta Sucks at Sports?

“I LOVE basketball,” The Professor grandly announced from the confines of his car seat. “I want to basketball again, Mommy!  Not just at camp, okay?” This should be music to a sports-loving mama’s ears, right?  I was practically raised on the sidelines of my brothers’ soccer, football and hockey games – that is, when I…

Slave to my Stuff

I’ve been moved to tears seeing the devastation Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused in this country these last couple weeks, as I know so many of us have been.  The sheer numbers of people affected, homes lost, possessions destroyed and hearts shattered are staggering.  It’s impossible to look at the destruction without feeling compassion…

Is Control a Good Thing?

“Do you like where you keep your checkbook?” I asked my husband as I idly stirred some pasta on the stove.  “I’m going to organize the office tomorrow.” “Yeah, I like where I keep it,” he replied good naturedly.  “It works.” “Okay, cool,” I said, nodding.  “I’ll find a better place for it, then.” HOLD…

What Loving My Kids Has Done for Me

I always assumed that having kids would teach me how to love.  I just never imagined that parenthood would teach me how to love not just the tiny humans I created, but to also love myself. It’s back-to-school time, and that means many things to many different families.  For us, it means a whole new…

My Health is MY Responsibility

Are you sick and tired of the seemingly never-ending debate about healthcare in America?  I sure am!  For years, I’ve been following the discussions extolling the virtues and ridiculing the vices of our current healthcare system.   Our system is screwed up, that’s for sure.  And so is the state of our health.  Our children are…

Why You Have to Play the Whole Song

There are certain songs that speak to us.  The song choices are different for everyone, though some songs certainly have mass appeal.  Songs have the power to stir something up inside of us, whether it’s bittersweet nostalgia or a moment of exuberance and joy. Inside each great song, there is a moment.  Sometimes it’s a…

Work Hard So You Can Enjoy Life Someday!

How many of years of your life would you like to enjoy?  Two?  Twenty-five?  Or maybe more? Here’s a scary statistic for you.  An actuarial study of longevity found that people who work hard up until the age of retirement (65) tend to live about two years after retirement.  TWO.  As in, 2.  As in,…