What I Learned in 2015…

January 28, 2016
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I know we’re a month into 2016 already, but it’s always a fun exercise to reflect on the previous year..Was it good? Did it suck? Did I travel? Was it a blur? (Aren’t they all?) And, most importantly, what did I learn last year? I was trying to decide if I could pick just one thing that […]

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One Word for the New Year

January 7, 2016
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Forget those dumb resolutions. But, a word for 2016 makes a lot of sense to me. A word that has meaning and is motivating. A word that will remind me to keep following my passion, even when I’m busy and/or lazy. So, my 2016 word of the year is…. WRITE! And yes, I need that […]

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Self-Balancing Scooters: Good, Bad, or In-Between?

December 7, 2015
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Unless you’ve been locked away from the world these past six months, you’d know that electric self-balancing scooters are the “IT” mode of transportation among the teen and tween set. (And, no our dog Matilda pictured at the left, has not learned to ride it…yet). Little Dude had been begging for one for months, but […]

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Picking The Perfect Pumpkin

October 13, 2015
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Every October my mother used to love to go pumpkin picking with my kids and me. We’d usually drive to an orchard that had both apples and pumpkins and she would delight in watching her grandkids romp around the trees looking for apples, and sampling a few along the way. When the boys tired of […]

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One Less Dude In The House

September 22, 2015
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Well, it finally happened: My first Dude has left the nest. As you may recall, Big Dude has chosen to go to boarding school for his remaining time in high school. He found the right fit school, for both his academic and athletic development. In the weeks leading up to his departure, my Facebook newsfeed […]

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The Dreaded Summer Job

August 18, 2015
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Anybody who follows me on Facebook may have noticed this past summer that I’d occasionally receive comments or messages on my Wall from Big Dude that made it seem as if he was being held captive at a job in New Hampshire. Yes, he claimed to be miserable, that he wanted to come home early, […]

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Hearing Myself Through Childhood Letters

August 13, 2015
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Looking at old photos from childhood is heartwarming, especially for a nostalgic person like me. But, it wasn’t until I recently received a package of old letters that I had written as a child that I realized how fascinating it is to “hear” yourself from your youth. The letters were sent to me from a […]

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Big Dude Turns 18…With A Special Gift From Me

August 6, 2015
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Well, I did it. For anyone who’s been reading my blog from the early days (anyone? anyone?), you may recall the post where I divulged that I’ve been writing letters to my three boys since they were little. My plan was/is to write about their milestones, as well as fun times they may have already […]

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A BIG Birthday Milestone: I’m Halfway There…?

July 28, 2015
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I recently celebrated a “big” birthday and I’ve been trying to decide how I feel about it. If you’re wondering which birthday I’m talking about, let’s just say Bon Jovi sings it best: If I truly am “halfway there” as Bon Jovi says, then I also want to make sure I’m not just “livin’ on […]

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My First Job…

July 9, 2015
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It’s weird to be writing about my first job now, especially because I haven’t been officially employed by someone else (other than some freelance work) for about 16 years…but that’s another story. I decided to participate in this week’s Finish-The-Sentence Friday* blog hop because it’s a great time for me to reflect on my first […]

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A Montana Retreat: Beauty, Inspiration and A Circle of Trust

June 15, 2015
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So, I have a “big” birthday coming up (yeah, you know, I’m turning 29 again – wink wink) and I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a party. For my 40th, I had rejected the party idea and chose a nice vacation instead. For this one, I knew I wanted to do something special, something I would […]

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