May 2023

  • When You Crack Yourself Up: Wishful Thinking

    I wrote a post for Heart of the Matter on Sunday, wistfully mentioning how much I appreciate it when our grown daughter leans in, expressing her need for motherly wisdom, advice, connection.  Waxing nostalgic, about her younger days when I was more of a featured player in her life, I referred to her as my… Continue reading

  • You Be You

    I have a former client whose chief dilemma was that he clamored to be extroverted, feeling frustrated that he never found a way to be at ease in social situations.  Sure, there’s a lot more to the story but the point is that he couldn’t get comfortable with himself.  In his mind, the more social,… Continue reading

  • Stormy Weather

    I had a long chat recently with a former colleague and it was a delightful opportunity to catch up. She was the sort of confidante who could lift up the entire universe with her good humor and work ethic. The kind of colleague that you clamor to be near… shiny, smart and driven…and unafraid to… Continue reading

  • Looking Out…Looking In

    Hey there!  The remodeling fun continues at our house and this morning I sat in the only chair remaining in our kitchen nook after wrestling it toward the door to the deck.  As you look at the view behind the comfy floral chair…you’ll see our kitchen has a fridge again – whoopee – but not… Continue reading

  • Misery and Harmony

    When my dad died unexpectedly, I lost my partner in navigating issues with my mom, Sue.  I’ve written about the dynamic a bit.  He provided counterbalance and love, patience, and insight when I needed it the most.  His was the one and only voice that could cut through when mom was out of control.  Amidst… Continue reading

  • I Wish I’d Said This!

    Has this happened to you…often? I’ll run across some magic words…a phrase or sentence that I swear originated in my heart. Maybe my head. Sometimes my gut. But you get the idea. And when I find out the author is anonymous? How could that be? Mystified. See what I mean: All I can tell you… Continue reading

  • Morning Giggles

    I wrote a silly post a few months ago about what a klutz I am… lacking in coordination BIG TIME. Falling down choral risers in picturesque Avignon and careening into a colleague in a stairwell. I mean…I’m a menace. It’s bad enough if you’re clumsy and the phrase ‘you’re your own worst enemy’ describes you… Continue reading

  • Mother’s Day Magic

    When our DD – our darling daughter — was a tot my mom and sister came to live with us for a few weeks after my father died.  Their intent? To explore relocation options to live closer to us.  It was a raucous time on a lot of levels, and our DD enjoyed extended play… Continue reading

  • The Pouring Out

    Some days I don’t think I offer much at all to others.  I’m not pandering for compliments; I’m just musing over the ’empty vessels’ that we can all become. I mean…it’s my job to be a listener, advisor, coach, and source of support. On a good day, I might provide a bit of inspiration, but… Continue reading

  • Work in Progress? Me!

    I’ve been catching up with a few former work colleagues – the ones who remain forever friends despite the changes in jobs, locations, industries.  It’s true that some people pass through our lives and move on, and we glean what we’re supposed to in the process.  Lessons learned, sometimes painfully sometimes joyously and that’s that. One… Continue reading

  • “Surviving Sue”: The Synopsis

    My mom, Sue, had fond memories of fishing with her dad – so much so that I knew I wanted to select one of two photos of her fishing for the cover of “Surviving Sue”.  I finally chose the pic (see below) for the cover because her smirk and ‘over the shoulder’ grin look joyous… Continue reading

  • Tool Time Respect 😎

    We’ve got a lot going on around the house – still.  Our kitchen remodel continues and we’ve added extra whirling parts and pieces by deciding to refinish floors at the same time.  As a concept…it made sense.  Today I’m doing my work from the hubster’s home office space and I feel like a fish out… Continue reading

  • Cover Art: The Reveal

    This is surreal, still.  I did that thing…that ‘write a book’ thing and it’s actually becoming a reality.  Last week I received the go-ahead from my publisher to share the cover art for the book (see below) about my mother’s life, “Surviving Sue”.  Over the past several months, I’ve dropped a mention here and there… Continue reading