The back-to-school rituals

I’ve been thinking about routines lately, especially as summer is winding down and I’m anticipating my daughters returning to high school. My oldest will be a senior! (little Emma will graduate soon!) The routines have changed a lot since they were little. Thankfully there are no more diapers but I often spend most of my…

Us Too

I’m not chatty on airplanes. I mean, I do try to be polite, maybe a little how’s it going? before I dig into whatever book or writing I brought along. But this trip was different. I’ve been thinking about conversations lately (and chatting about it on Facebook Live if you are over there). So when the man…

Write to Live

I posted on social media recently that I did not appreciate the dog dying in a certain movie (some of my friends did not appreciate me revealing this spoiler, so I’ll withhold the title here). I thought it was a gratuitous plot device, an intentional tear-jerker. And it worked. I had to take off my…

Serendipity

We thought we had it all finally worked out – we would rent a car when we arrived in Washington DC and drive to New York City for the show. But that was before we had to get off of the airplane TWICE before it was concluded that new aircraft was needed from our departure…

Hello 2018

Like many of you, I like to use the New Year to evaluate last year and focus on the next one. I have been geeking out with my new planner but have also paused to reflect. 2017 saw the realization of a goal of publishing my memoir Float On, something I’ve been working on for…

Location or Proximity?

For the first time our family is going to wake up on Christmas morning not at home in Kansas, but away in sunny California. We like to travel during Christmas break, but our tradition has been to leave town on Christmas Day. It’s fun to open gifts, eat homemade cinnamon rolls and then hit the…

New friends

I was irritated that our plan was not unfolding as I had wanted it to. I was to fly back to Kansas to be with our older daughter while Robert was to fly to Palm Springs to spend a few days with our youngest; a complicated divide and conquer scenario dependent on flying stand-by. The…

Hot and Cold

Driving a Jeep with no top in the desert this week with my youngest daughter and her friend has reminded me of something that Cheryl Strayed taught in the workshop I was lucky enough to attend in Patmos, Greece – The power of holding two opposing truths in one hand. It’s hot here in Palm…

I Leave For Greece on Friday

Why would I get on a plane to travel halfway across the world from my family? To attend a writer’s salon on the island of Patmos, Greece led by Cheryl Strayed and other talented storytellers. I wrote The Decision is My Story which covers the angst I felt in making the decision to go. And now it’s…