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Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It

We all start out so unabashedly unashamed.  Whatever makes us unique and special, we regard without concern; we flaunt it without a care. Then we grow up and we begin to absorb rather than deflect how others see us.  If we are fortunate, we learn how to cope and just maybe grow stronger, but it’s not […]

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Preface Remember the first time you watched A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens?  I was particularly taken with The Ghost of Christmas Past, who was the first of three spirits that haunted Ebenezer Scrooge.  In the story, the Ghost of Christmas Past took Scrooge around in a robe, showing him scenes from his past that […]

Man in the Mirror

When I was pregnant with Ethan I often stressed about every aspect of what could possibly go wrong before delivery.   At the time, I even remember cursing the person that wrote, “What To Expect When You are Expecting.”  One day near the end of my pregnancy, my sister-in-law, Liz, (who already had two children) said […]

My Little Girl

January 1974 My mother turned to me.  “You must not be my little girl because my little girl has the most beautiful brown eyes.”  I turned to her with a wide grin. “I have big brown eyes Mommy!  “Well, MY little girl has gorgeous long dark brown hair!”  Grabbing my hair with both fingers, “Look […]

Glass Half-Full

A couple of years ago for our anniversary, John and I decided to spend the day in Manhattan together by ourselves.  Since having our three children, as close as we live to NYC, it is rare such an outing actually occurs.  We even had no blue-print for the day, a true anomaly in our over-planned […]

A Moment of Thanks

Thanksgiving is known for its celebration of the harvest, but the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks for safe guidance to the “New World.”  In Canada, Thanksgiving is a celebration for surviving  a particularly long journey through perils of storms and icebergs.  Notwithstanding the historical element, Thanksgiving has often been a special time of the […]

Out of the Mouths of Babes

When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV movies was “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer.”  I suppose I identified strongly with Rudolph back then.  After all, he wasted a lot of time trying to hide his glowing red nose only to eventually figure out that it was something he would want to flaunt. […]

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

“He was more responsible than anyone else for creating the modern world.” You may be thinking I am quoting someone describing Steve Jobs.  After all, he changed so much about the way we function as a society.  In fact, though, one hundred years before Steve was building his first computer in his garage, Thomas Edison […]

Blessing in Disguise

I wore one of my favorite Halloween costumes in the 2ndgrade in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Since so many American children attended the International School of Islamabad, the school allowed us to dress up and celebrate the holiday.  Of course, purchasing a costume was out of the realm of possibility there.  There were no shops selling plastic […]

Homage to my Parents

What is your first memory?  It is probably from when you were around four years old, maybe three.  One of my earliest memories was when I was sitting with my parents and a doctor at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation and Medicine in Chicago trying to fit a prosthetic forearm and attached hand onto my upper arm. […]

The Perfect Response

The other day, Charlie turned to me matter of factly and said, “Mom, I know what the “S” word is.  I found out during my playdate today.”  “Crap,” I thought to myself.  Were six year olds already discussing bad words with one another? My mind drifted to the first time I remember hearing my own […]

You Never Know What Funny Can Do

“These things are good: ice cream and cake, a ride on a Harley, seeing monkeys in the trees, the rain on my tongue, and the sun shining on my face. These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face.”  […]

Thoughts Beyond the Pom

Have you ever held yourself back from doing something simply because you don’t think you can do it?  Or how about (even worse), holding back because you believe others won’t be accepting of you?  Or, (the worst), people pass so much judgment that you lose the motivation to even try or are prevented from achieving […]

It’s in the Genes!

“That’s Meg’s daughter, she was adopted!” exclaimed a mother I hardly knew, speaking loudly.  The scene took place over the summer at a pool, as I was being introduced by the mother to her two friends. Savanna, our five-year-old blond (in a family of brunettes) daughter, was running around out of earshot. “What?” I remarked, a […]

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

I just heard that Jane Lynch who plays Sue Sylvester in the hit show “Glee” wrote a fabulous new memoir. To kick off her prose, she wrote a letter to her 20-year-old self.  What a phenomenal concept! What if we all could choose a point in time of our lives when we were our most […]