Archive for ‘Just Life’

February 16, 2012

My Wardrobe Essential: The Old Sweatshirt

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We played the game of “Life” not long ago. At times, I get distracted during these board games and, even though it’s usually just the three of us playing–my husband, my son Ethan and me–I lose track of who’s turn it is.

It’s your turn, Mrs. Wear-A-Sweatshirt-Every-Day.

Ethan didn’t say it in a snarky way. Just matter-of-fact. I had no retort, other than, “I don’t wear the same sweatshirt every day” and “I

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February 11, 2012

Leading with Lollipops. {Video}

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Are you comfortable calling yourself a leader? Most people would answer no. Is there something holding you back?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most

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February 6, 2012

The Story of My Son’s Adoption.

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“Blessed.”  That was the last word I wanted to hear the day the baby was born.

A word uttered by the proud father who, along with his girlfriend, held the fate of this precious newborn we hoped to

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February 2, 2012

My Social Media Addiction.

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* Revised from a piece I wrote for elephantjournal.com. Photo by Edgar Montano. That is not me in the photo.

Beating addiction ain’t easy.

I would have shared this with you sooner, but I got a bit distracted by twitter and a few facebook updates from “friends” I don’t really know-know.

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January 28, 2012

7 Reasons to Feel Good About Not Feeling Good.

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Let me start by saying I don’t feel well. I’m sick. Not an on-my-deathbed kind of sick. No fever, wheezing, vomiting or

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January 24, 2012

Judy from Schaumburg. A Better Oprah. {Video}

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Photo courtesy The Judy from Schaumburg Show

I am a new fan of the Judy from Schaumburg show.

Although a bit obsessed with her own cleavage, Judy* is both charming and

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January 10, 2012

The Story of Bridget: A Child With a Rare, Fatal Disease.

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Hoping and Praying for the Future

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Bridget with her mom, Sara. Photo: “Portraits by Thomas Balsamo”

Sara Kennicott helped my son, Ethan, as a reading teacher at his elementary school. This is the story of her little girl, Bridget. I hope you’ll read and share it.

Bridget is a beautiful little girl who came into our lives on November 11, 2004. She had so much spirit from the earliest moments as she arrived 3 weeks early winning the affection

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January 3, 2012

To Run or Not To Run? 7 Excuses.

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Photo by RXAphotos

Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right. ~ Henry Ford

There should be no question. The fact is this: I can run. But…

7 excuses not to run. Bonus: Includes counter-excuses.

Note: I don’t own a treadmill or belong to a ‘club’, so running outside is my only option.

  1. It’s cold (today’s excuse). I’ve checked the weather no less than 15 times  today. It’s 25 degrees and feels like 16. That’s damn cold. Counter excuse: So the f**k what? I have
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December 29, 2011

Homeless Has a Name.

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photo by negativeattention via flickr.com

I stumbled across this video from invisiblepeople.tv today and had to share it. It is at once sad and inspirational. Moving. Pathetic.

Pathetic that homelessness is so prevalent right here in the exceptional U.S. of A. About 2.3 million to 3.5 million Americans, according to HomelessnessinAmerica.com. The rate of homelessness among kids has seen a dramatic increase of 33 percent since 2007, according to a new report from the National Center on Family Homelessness. 1.6 million children – or one in 45 children – are homeless annually. In America.

This homeless person is Eli.

Trust me, Eli’s interview is very powerful. Please watch it in it’s entirety. Near the end,

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December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays! And Merry Crash-mas?

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Illustration by deuter (David Neal Johnson)

I have been taking some time off, but wanted to say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, etc. etc. My older brother, Dave—who is in prison-–sent us a holiday card with an original illustration that I wanted to share with you. A bit esoteric—can anyone translate?

If I don’t post anything until 2012, cheers to you and yours and a happy, prosperous, peaceful new year!

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