Reverse Roles

When we are babies, most of us have parents that care for us, teach us, guide us and give us advice on how to grow up and take care of ourselves. Parenting is the hardest job one will ever love and it is not for wusses. Once we become adults we can choose to beContinue reading “Reverse Roles”

There Is Something About Michaels

What is in a name? The name Michael, it is believed, was first derived from the name Mikha’el, meaning “who is like God” in Hebrew. Wikipedia was kind enough to give further explanation as thus: Michael is a masculine given name derived from the Hebrew phrase מי כאל‎ mī kāʼēl, ‘Who [is] like-El’, in Aramaic: ܡܝܟܐܝܠ (Mīkhāʼēl [miχaˈʔel]). The theophoric name is a rhetoricalContinue reading “There Is Something About Michaels”

I’m Not GOOD Enough

It’s 2022 so most of the kids who grew up in the late 90s heard the message that they are great just the way they are. I remember encouraging my own students from 1991 – 1998 to proud of themselves and not to try to live up to standards set by a society that mayContinue reading “I’m Not GOOD Enough”

Coming To Terms With Grief

Our family decided to spend Thanksgiving at the beach this year. It was mostly my idea. I needed a symbolic one last goodbye sort of thing for my father. I’m not saying I’m forgetting him – NEVER – but I have come to terms with my grief and I feel healthy and in control ofContinue reading “Coming To Terms With Grief”

Grieving A Bad Parent

Grief is always hard no matter who dies. Grieving someone you love is difficult but what if it’s someone that was not very lovable? If your parent dies and he/she was awful, the grief is very different. When my mother died in 2014 I was at first shocked because it happened suddenly. She had aContinue reading “Grieving A Bad Parent”

What I Know At 54

Today is my 54th birthday. Happy birthday to me! The date of your birth. . .we celebrate it every year. Why? Well, for so many reasons of course like everything! Did you know that the idea of celebrating the date of your birth is a pagan tradition? Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days ofContinue reading “What I Know At 54”

Zero to 100

I have not been very active for a few months. I have been dealing with some things at home and I have allowed myself to chauffeur the kids, do my chores and then pretty much just sit and brood. Of course that is bad for me and of course I gained 15 lbs. Duh! IContinue reading “Zero to 100”

A Love Letter To My Besties

I dedicate this blog to my two best friends. They are so very different and I love that about them. They have similarities too – they both work hard whether they like their job or not, they are loyal to their families even when the family members can be stupid, they nurture with every ounceContinue reading “A Love Letter To My Besties”