Mommy Said Yes!!

It was a morning like so many others.    My son woke up before sunrise. His heavy footfalls on the bunk bed steps would probably wake me anyway, but amplified by the monitor that still sits by my bedside, he sounds like a small elephant crashing through any dream world I might be in. True…

My 3-Panel Picture of Friendship

Friendship.  I’ve spent the better part of this week thinking about that word, and I’ve discovered that for me, it brings up 3 very distinct lines of thought.    On Intimate Strangers I used to say I was an extroverted introvert. A social butterfly who’d rather be, and sometimes is, a fly on the wall.    In…

How I Found MY Prince in a Pile of Frogs

Every now and again I’ll be chatting with people who have older kids and they will ask “How old were you when you started dating?”   This question always stumps me, because I was never really one to “date” at any point. Sure, long before I was “allowed” to go out with anyone, I had boyfriends. Or I didn’t,…

Keep Your Scale of One to Ten: I’m a 12

I am exceptional for many reasons, but one you wouldn’t likely guess is that for a reasonably healthy 40 year old I’ve gone under the knife a bunch. Nothing cosmetic, and I have no bionic parts. Maybe that makes it more extraordinary? Hard for me to say, but statistically I’d imagine so. When I first…

Revisiting Conscious Coupling

  I originally published this piece about a year ago, not long after Gwyneth Paltrow & her husband Chris Martin had just announced their separation. Only they were calling it a Conscious Uncoupling. This got an awful lot of press for being a very unusual and new-agey sounding way to say “we are divorcing”.   …

#1000Speak: Compassion Takes Practice

As you may know, sometimes I practice yoga. When I do, it is in a heated room with a mirrored walls. You know what that means? Half-naked, we face the mirrors. We face ourselves, and all of our glorious imperfections. Bend your body? Yes. Then bend your mind to imagine you can reach further. Stretch your…

How River Brought Me a Sister

A few days ago I posted Robert Downey Jr.’s version of River as my #SundaySong on my Facebook page. While the song is very important to me, I focused more on how his version is gut-wrenchingly beautiful, & the video I picked is fantastic eye-candy.  I want to expand on the significance River holds for me,…