Our Pride

It happens every time

 I wave goodbye to one of my kids,

turn away

and invariably stumble into a sea of melancholy.

The water is warm and inviting as I float around with eyes closed,

immersed in memories of a time

when all four of our cubs were with us..

Week-end bar-b-ques, working on school projects, Christmas mornings, lazy Sunday afternoons..

busted curfews, dented fenders, slammed doors, broken hearts.

And then,

one by one,

they grew into their oversized paws and

 wandered off to explore new plains..

as they should have..

of course.


The water becomes chilly

and I open my eyes

 taking a moment to praise God

for the inner potential each one of our kids is realizing

because of us,

in spite of us..

away from us..

and to thank Him once again

for my ever patient,

hard working,

(Stanley Cup obsessed)

king of the jungle..

still hangin’ out with me

in the tree.


photocredit:Daily Mail,ONE LUXURY

The Art of Multi-tasking


Lets face it, most of us are busy people. When we jump into bed at the end of the day we most likely reflect on two lists..the list of stuff we’ve accomplished, and the list of stuff we didn’t have time to get to.  My “didn’t get to it list” often includes the important things I need to be doing for long-term health; like stretching.

My quest for better health began weeks ago and it didn’t take long before I ran into problems associated with my unbalanced approach of focusing on muscle building and ignoring muscle flexibility. I needed to be doing much more stretching but I simply could not seem to carve out the time or tap into the discipline needed to make the time.

So I’ve started multi-tasking.

I’m reading a book on the importance of whole body stretching and have decided to incorporate this practice into everything I do all day long; driving, sitting in church, reading, cleaning, pumping gas whatever.  Now before you have visions of me getting into a downward dog in the check-out line at Target, understand that I am not the type to attract undo attention to myself- ever

Nope, you’d never know what I was up to unless you were really staring in which case-




photocredit:Brown Library



Cinco de Mayo – Part two.

A few days ago I was lamenting the fact that my daughter had too much stuff squeezed into her tiny dorm room.  Among the items I thought she should give away was a ‘Happy Cinco de Mayo’ T-shirt she got for free from Taco Bell.

I lost the argument and she kept the shirt along with pretty much everything else.  And as if to drive home the point that it’s OK to own totally impractical stuff, we ran into this display yesterday at Kate Spade:



Yes, this is the $300 women’s cross-body/clutch designed to look like a paper bag from your local Mexican fast food joint. Naturally, this would go well with the free ‘Happy Cinco de Mayo’ Taco Bell T-shirt my daughter wears once a year..if she can find it. (This year she couldn’t.)

..and of course she thought this little bitty ditty was completely, totally (!!) adorable.

An expensive leather purse designed to look like you are carting around last night’s left-overs…oh, why the heck not??

I’d love to know what sales are like for this item…. Wouldn’t be surprised if they were through the roof– why?

Because we live in a crazy world!!!!

Just in time for summer road trips!

My Physical Therapist cut about a 16″ long section of a swim noodle for me to use while  driving (and sitting in general) as described in this video.

It isn’t a cure all for my sciatica, but it seems to  help a little. That, combined with occasional, simple neck stretching seems to take the edge off the pain (agony) I usually “run into” on long car rides.




photocredit:West Des Moines Community Schools