favorite front porches

Welcome Fall! Favorite Front Porches


In January I might not feel so lucky to live where there are four distinct seasons, but in fall, I’m thrilled. The bright colors of summer change to warm tones that make me think of hearth and home. Yes, it’s a beautiful time of year, but it’s also time to change up the front door/porch decor, and I’m not very…

3 Lessons I hope I learned from a 3-year-old

Lessons I Hope I Learned from a 3-Year-Old


We recently joined our oldest son’s family for a family 5K. (Before you get too impressed with my fitness level, we were in the stroller and toddler wave…not a very demanding event) It was a fun event, and I loved being with the granddaughters. Every time I’m with them I’m reminded how important life’s “little moments” are. The 5K didn’t…

Make decisions from a place of hope and self-belief.

Make Decisions from a Place of Hope


Summer is a wonderful time of year, but as the season turns to fall, I have more time to think about all the things (OK, good habits, mostly) I let slide in the name of my busy, fun, just-go-with-it schedule. I realize it’s time to return to healthier habits of eating, exercise, and meditation. Unfortunately, all I can think about…

When kids leave home, dad's have an empty nest, too.

Remember, Dad Has an Empty Nest, too.


I recently received a comment from a woman who was worried about her brother’s adjustment to his empty nest. Wow! Who’d have thought, huh? There are always comments about women and their challenges when the children fly the coop, but men? I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but Dad has an empty nest, too. Dad’s are…

Getting rid of life's clutter frees you to live the life you want.

Getting Rid of Life’s Clutter


I have a daughter whose motto is, “If it doesn’t fit in the back of my pickup, I have too much stuff.” I’ve always thought of her as my “air child,” living free and easy without anything to hold her down, and although we are pretty much personality-opposites, I admire her way of thinking. When I look at all the…

Midlife allows you to dream big.

Midlife Allows You to Dream Big


  Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. ~ Langston Hughes I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about “redesigning” yourself at midlife. Why not do it? Our time, energy, and resource-requiring children have grown up, become productive adults, and flown the coop. We empty-nesters find ourselves wondering what to…

Play something for the love of the game.

The Love of the Game


  I love games – pretty much any game – especially if there is a winner and a loser. Whether it’s a card game, board game, or guessing game, the competition is everything. And, I’m sad-to-say (alright, I’m not really that sad about it…) it often makes me annoying to other players. Because in the end, it isn’t about the…

You can be your own cheerleader

Become Your Own Cheerleader and Get Rid of Self-Doubt


I’ve been teaching Language Arts to middle-schoolers for 20 years, but this year I’m trying something new. (You can read about my decision to change careers at 60 here.) I am now an Academic and Life Skills coach for at-risk kids. Sounds daunting, right? I have to admit, I’ve had some doubt about whether or not I’m up to the…