Sticky Popsicles and Picc Lines

I guess you know things are bad when your therapist tells you to get a life. It was about five years ago and I was in my therapist’s office, balled up on the couch like a baby, shivering under a blanket. I was trying to escape a cold Oregon day and the reality that had […]

We’re Not Hallmark Moms

I posted this Instagram three years ago.  These were words I never wanted my Mother to see, and I foolishly thought posting it on Social Media was “safe” because my Mom had no idea what that meant.  I knew she would never see it, so I to let my words flow freely.  Mother’s Day has […]

The Briefcase

My Dad used to carry around a briefcase, long after he was retired.  It had everything in it he needed to stop smoking. There was nicotine gum, the patch, a couple of prescriptions from his doctor for smoking cessation pills, and a package of black jelly beans.  It was all tucked in neat and tidy, […]

Every Hard Thing

For about five years, I’ve done the same thing every morning when I wake up.  I pray for five people and I thank God for five things.  Well, that’s how it started.  It’s morphed into praying for five people, or five situations, or five countries, tragedies….you get the idea.  Pray for Five.  It came to […]

Freedom

I quietly got divorced this week, with little fanfare, no announcements and certainly no celebrations.  A lot of people think I already was divorced.  Over 740 days ago, I wanted out.  It was the hardest decision of my life.  I didn’t believe in divorce.  I believed in God, family, and promises.  And here I sit […]

Binges, Beer Bongs and Blackouts

Can we talk about the alcohol?  Because we need to talk about the alcohol, not just the rape.  We are disgusted, horrified and infuriated by Emily’s powerful victim impact statement.  It is also horrifying that there are dozens, possibly hundreds of women just like Emily, who will wake up this morning minus their Victoria’s Secret […]

I Can’t Find My Pants

I have been told at times that my blog is sad.  I write about darkness, broken dreams, and reaching for the light.  I write about being lost, scratching through dust and weeds to find hope.  I write about angst.  So tonight from the kitchen,  I will attempt to bring you some laughter.  Because I’m laughing […]

Word of the Year…Water

I thought I knew what my “word” was for 2016.  I love the concept of a Word instead of a Resolution.   In 2013 I chose Patience, 2014 was Moments, in 2015 I chose Gold.  Each had a special meaning, and sometime around the month of October I started thinking about my “word”.  I chose […]

The Twelve Days of Love Letter Writing

Has anyone ever told you how much power you have, in the palm of your hand.  You hold a key.   This December, unfolding all around the world is a beautiful campaign to spread Love, Hope and Joy.  And you hold a key, in the form of a pen and a piece of paper.  Maybe we’re […]

#My Red Cup Story

I’ve avoided the Starbucks Red Cup controversy until now…  I’m going to say something completely different than what you’ve been reading.  I think this is weird.  Starbucks put out plain red cups and the whole world went insane.  I’m wondering what’s wrong with us.  I’ve been reading some of the articles and I completely don’t […]