Year: 2012

Twinkies for Everyone!

We’re in charge of bringing Thanksgiving dessert to my sister-in-law’s this year–and I’m considering indulging a childhood fantasy: Bringing boxes and boxes and piles and piles of Twinkies. Cause, you know, this is it. The last time we can enjoy a good Twinkie. This “last time ever” thing– it really grabs our attention, doesn’t it? Read More …

A Way IN….

Have you ever noticed that even though you may objectively “have it all”, there can still be an undercurrent of frustration or irritability that weaves its way into your day. I see this in my own life, and see it in some of the lives around me. A certain restlessness that is masked by striving Read More …

Making It Last…

I’ve been having this conversation with myself and with some of you over the past few weeks–how to take the amazing feelings we get on vacation and bring them into our “regular” lives. You know, the calm, the freedom, the happiness, the peace of mind, the lower stress. Many of us go on vacation, have Read More …

Don’t Save It!!

A few months ago, my 9-year old daughter received a fabulous pair of shoes. She hunted these shoes, longed for them, and generally stalked them. Moments after she opened the box, she slipped these pinkalicious sneaker shoes on her hungry feet, a extra spring in her already-bouncy step. “I love them!!” she cooed as she Read More …

Love Yourself!

Who hasn’t heard, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” ? But if we stopped and thought about it, how many of us really love ourselves well? Perhaps, the truly radical suggestion, the one that would actually pull us out of this struggle, is to love OURSELVES as we love our neighbors/ friends/ children/ partners/ Read More …

WHERE’S YOUR SWEET SPOT?

Where’s Your Sweet Spot? “I have so much time on my hands now. I’m actually looking for ways to fill my days”. My dear neighbor, whose children are now grown and in college, mentioned this to me over the weekend. He continued, “The house is so quiet now”. A ton of bricks falling from the Read More …

THE FROST IS ON THE BLOOM

“No Way!”, my three kids protested, as I half-heartedly offered them mittens and hats on this cold spring morning. “Okay, then”, I sigh, and console myself with the memory of our pediatrician’s good wisdom about “natural consequences”—which, of course, should have been waiting for them on the other side of the door. I really expected Read More …