Open Letter to Mom on Mother’s Day

Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! I can’t help thinking about all the things you do for us and how you always put us first. Somehow, you manage to get everything done and make it look easy. But, I wonder, are you doing as well taking care of yourself? Being treated well just one day a…

Less Stress for Easter

My Dad, psychologist and all around wise man, used to say, “Even good things are stressful.” I guess it is little wonder why having your family converge for holidays can produce stress. Stress over getting dinner to the table. Stress over living up to Mom or Grandma’s cooking expertise. Stress over limiting the overeating. Stress…

Prank, Laugh & Connect

Clay loves April Fool’s Day! My wonderful husband is devious and secretive, but fortunately he uses his powers for good. For years he pulled pranks on me before my eyes were fully open on the first morning of April. Now he has a new audience. Our six-year-old daughters! He greeted them this morning dressed in…

Sane New Years Resolutions

How long do your New Year’s resolutions last? A few weeks? A few months? It is often hard to keep a resolution – sometimes because we defeat ourselves from the start by making too large of a commitment. Resolutions are really commitments to ourselves. Things we choose to change or do to improve our lives.…

Reconnect this holiday season

Take December’s Challenge: Reconnect! I was still in bed on Thanksgiving morning, enjoying the paper and some coffee, when my cell phone beeped indicating I had a text message.  Even though I didn’t recognize the phone number appearing after the “please call” message, I dialed and was surprised to be connected with one of my…

Beat Back-to-School Stress: Smell The Apples

Everyone has heard “stop and smell the roses”, but at back-to-school time I think it is time to “Stop and Smell (or taste) the Apples!” Anyone with kids has experienced the bittersweet moment of dropping them off at school on the first day.   A new school year is exciting, but the stress of new schedules…

Connecting with friends: Clay’s Birthday

Last Thursday was my husband’s 40th birthday. Despite his protests ( “I don’t want a birthday party!”), I convinced him to let me plan a “small” party. Many people avoid celebrating their birthday — which I just don’t understand. Of course almost dying at age 35 does tend to change a person’s perspective on aging.…