The long meandering search for values

First, why care about values at all? Time and time again I run into intellectuals and therapists speaking about how our actions should reflect our personal values. Mark Mason, the popular author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck writes extensively about values. Well how can we know whether this is true or…

Rituals

Children have a natural affinity for rituals. They brighten at all of the precious moments of a birthday, not just the moment the presents are opened. They enjoy eating by candle light and my girls love setting their table with cloth napkins and pretty china they picked out. Children model rituals in their play. Tea…

When It All Came Down Around Me

D is for Doozy Divorce is a doozy, but somehow we made it through still good friends and supportive of each other in countless ways. The warning you hear sometimes is about your finances. We were never huge savers when together but C was in charge of the money and I tried not to spend…

Good Morning Sunshine: Stress-free Morning Routine

Good morning. I’ve missed you. I am sitting in a beautiful room in Colorado waiting for my 2 month life of learning to begin. I’ve traveled up here to start the process of certifying to be a early childhood Montessori teacher. It’s been a lifelong dream and I am over the moon that I get…

The Power of Red

A woman with bright red lipstick, a man with a wide deep red tie, a cherry red vespa zooming past you, a field of red poppies- the color red simply says pay attention. It’s the color of love, lust and passion- flushed cheeks and rosy lips. It’s the color of blood, our life force. Shades of…

Bacon Moments

I was sitting in the car with a friend this weekend talking about food- what we love to eat, love to cook, what authors or bloggers inspire us. It brought forth the feeling I sometimes get in the kitchen. Cooking can be really quiet. There are moments, in between steps, when you are just sitting, waiting,…

Watching Them Change

Watching my children change is nothing short of breathtaking. We all spend our entire lives inside our own heads, see our milestones and growth through our personal lenses and filters. We interpret and justify our actions and are not aware enough to see how we change moment to moment, year to year in the way an observer might….

Simplicity Manifesto

I looked at Chris a few weeks ago and said. “I want to own as little as possible.” He agreed. I think I finally put words to a nagging feeling that had been building over the weeks and months. I grew up in a house of wants. My family always wanted more. As Americans, it…