August makes me sad. Although some people describe August-New-School-Year time as a fresh beginning, I always feel like it's an ending. The end of summer, which I love: the brightness, the greenness, the long days, the warmth, the feeling of bursting. And, since my entire life revolved around a school year, that wave-like rhythm of … Continue reading August……sigh…..
For your 27th birthday, here are 27 things I want to always remember. Fun food: Crab quesidillas, chicken & tortillas, desert sand Doing flips on your rope swing Big Fat Liar movie TV shows: Ghostwriter, Wishbone, Dudley the Dragon Dodge Dakota Goat Truck Walrus game: the big walrus (Dad) was hogging the sunny rock … Continue reading 27 memories….. in no particular order
Fish on Friday -- probably the most widely recognized Catholic tradition. Some of those 'growing up Catholic' experiences just make me chuckle, or fall in the category of 'things that make you go hmmmmm.' My experience of the fish on Friday practice is one of those. Where did that rule really come from? Why was … Continue reading A Friday Fish Story
"I'm fine." How may times today, yesterday, last week, have you said it? How many times did you kinda not mean it? How many times did you really not mean it? Or, maybe you did feel fine at the moment, not realizing your death grip on that happy face stick was sapping every ounce of strength you have? Believe … Continue reading I’m fine…..
Remember Aesop's fables, they all had morals like 'Necessity is the mother of invention.' Personally, I've found desperation to be even better. This makes me recall a summer, long ago in another decade, when I supervised in the speech language pathology clinic. Back then, I wasn't in charge of anything. Someone asked me "Wanna supervise … Continue reading When you’re desperate, hug the bunny.
Have you ever gotten sick on vacation? It happens to us all the time. "All the time' meaning twice in the last 3 years. There's gotta be some existential reason, right? It can't just be plain old bad luck? The first time--not so bad. Randy and I both had bad colds during our spring break … Continue reading The junk-food-craving virus
A few years ago, I heard through the grapevine that students in my undergrad class said I was 'stylish'. I was astonished- in a Wow-Really? Cool! kind of way. It never occurred to me that anyone would think I was stylish. Don't get me wrong- I like clothes and shopping; I'm drawn to certain styles. … Continue reading Stylish
In 1996 we vacationed at the YMCA of the Rockies for the first time. We ventured to the stables first thing. Norah had just turned 5 years old, so perfectly qualified for a pony ride. The pony trail was a large fenced area with a dirt path outlined with large stones. A parent can … Continue reading A close encounter with Shortcake the Pony
Two things about horses: First, horses are prey, so they approach the world in a fundamentally different way than predators like dogs, cats, humans. Two, they weigh a thousand pounds, so don't be stupid around them. Armed with these 2 facts and a pair of tall mud boots, I began volunteering at an equine rescue. … Continue reading Game of Ponies
Randy has a few favorite sayings that solve all of life's basic problems. Somethings dirty? Clean it with bleach. You're hot? Stick your head out the window. Aches and pains? Work on your core. Tired? Go to bed earlier. And the infamous--There’s no bathrooms in Wisconsin (this coined on a road trip when Norah and … Continue reading How my blog got its name…..