Had I met my husband when he was in high school, I never would have dated him. (At least that's what he's repeatedly told me.) He's probably right. Now I know it may be hard to believe, but I would not have been impressed by the kid 'lighting up the tires' on his '67 Mustang … Continue reading Encouragement
My best friend in elementary school was Catholic. I was a bit envious. I envied Saturday afternoon church and a relaxed dress 'code'. I envied First Communion dresses and drinking wine in second grade. I envied the mystery of her church...dipping fingers into water when entering the sanctuary...touching knees to the floor before entering the … Continue reading I’m Tired of Politics, Let’s Talk Religion
In memory of Quinnie. The best dog ever.
I've never been one to make waves. Okay...I may have a couple of times. Once in the mid 90's and again in the early 00's. Neither ended well. Even hearing people argue is incredibly uncomfortable. As a result, I avoid conflict. I hold my tongue, hide my feelings, and provide too much space and too … Continue reading What’s Better Than an Uncomfortable Conversation?
Lots of feelings here. I'm frustrated. Frustrated by conspiracy theories. Frustrated by lies. Frustrated by social media funneling people into extreme communities. I'm sad. Sad so many are susceptible to misinformation due to isolation and anger. I'm frightened. Frightened the silence of many can make the voices of few deafening. Frightened by people who are … Continue reading Questions I Need to Answer
2019? Action. 2020? 2020. T-w-e-n-t-y-t-w-e-n-t-y... Hmmm...no idea. Checking... Ah, yes! Relationships. In hindsight (you betcha that was intentional), an interesting word choice for 2020. Despite not remembering my 2020 word, I wasn't an abject failure. At any rate, here we are. New year (thank goodness), new word. I believe 'one word' should be about change. … Continue reading What’s Your One Word for 2021?
93. Sounds impressive, but I'm a bit disappointed. My goal had been 100. Nonetheless, 93. Not bad. It's amazing what can be accomplished when social media apps are removed from your phone. Earlier in the year (pre Covid times), I was reading a book in a waiting room, and 'an-older-than-me' woman sat down and commented … Continue reading 93 Books
Christmas memories. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between those memories where I'm present, but I can't see me, and memories I think I have because of old photographs. So what do I really remember? Well... I remember building a fort in my closet on Christmas Eve day, hoping to sleep the day away (didn't work, … Continue reading Christmas Memories
I remember when it became real. We were traveling from Wisconsin to Georgia on a Monday morning, mid-March. The highways were eerily quiet. No traffic in Chicago. Indiana Starbucks, drive-thru only. Heck. I didn't even have to yell BRAKE LIGHTS (the hubby appreciates my help) as we drove through Louisville and Nashville and Chattanooga. Rush … Continue reading Personal Freedom vs. Societal Responsibility
We married in November. The tree went up less than three weeks later. Talk about pressure. Our budget allowed for lace angels (made by a talented coworker), and styrofoam balls wrapped with red silk thread. The splurge (besides the tree) was the tree topper: an angel with a porcelain head. I came from a star … Continue reading Tell Me About the Ornaments on Your Tree
I've been thinking about consequences lately. If I eat well and exercise, I will be healthy. If I brush my teeth, I won't get cavities. If I study hard, I will get A's. If I train hard, I will race well. If I am incompetent in my job, I will get fired. If I lie, … Continue reading Consequences
1,140 minutes. Every day. Mondays, Saturdays...doesn't matter, all the same, despite how they feel. Each day we get 1,140 minutes to use however we see fit. Want to know what doesn't get my time? My hair. Oh, occasionally I'll pull out the hair straightener for my already straight hair or use the curling iron to … Continue reading Do Your Minutes Have Purpose?
Really. Certainly would lay no claim to this unless it were true. I've got to hand it to my mom. She really must have wanted a Karen. When my older siblings were born, there already was a Karen with my last name, so she waited another ten years just to have me (her favorite). I … Continue reading My Name is Karen
My middle school experience was beyond awesome! Really. If you don't believe me, refer to the above punctuation mark. Of course, I wasn't a student (I did the 'junior high' thing...some of you may be familiar with that concept), I was a middle school teacher. I'm not saying there weren't a few challenges along the … Continue reading A Tale of Two Classes
My mother-in-law passed away this past August. I was fortunate to have been able to say goodbye to her. While there were many things I could have said... what I did say was thank you. Thank you for raising your son to be such a good man. Now hold on; don't go anywhere. This is … Continue reading So…Who Do You Trust for Advice?
Peter was the final straw, but Hannah started it. I mean honestly. The drama. (One would almost think it was the whole premise of the show.) Maybe it actually goes back to Colton's days. I had such high hopes for the self proclaimed virgin, but oh-my-gosh, the fence jumping and subsequent disappearance really did me … Continue reading So, This Patience Thing…Is It Really a Virtue?
Aren't you amazed at how political posts on social media completely change your views? (insert eye rolling emoji here)
You are so in luck. You would not believe the helpful advice I have for you this week. Just doing all I can to make the world a better place to be.
Feeling a little sassy. Trying to lighten the mood, while making you think.
I'll start with a little confession. Shortly after moving into the neighborhood, my husband and I took Quinn for a walk. (That's not the confession.) On our walk, we saw a sign similar to this in a neighbor's yard: Now we had not yet met this neighbor, but that did not prevent me from making … Continue reading Be Part of the Solution
Values. You know, your personal beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. Those non-negotiables in your life. Want to know what other people value? Just sit back and observe. Want to know how others can identify your values? Yep. You got it. The words you speak, the actions you take, how you spend … Continue reading Careful! Your Values are Showing