No, Your Kid’s Teacher Doesn’t Want a Mug

It’s that time of year again where we reflect on another school year gone by. We pack half-hearted lunches and daydream about beaches and bathing suits. It’s time for a break. It’s time for Summer Vacation, friends. It’s also time to thank the men and women who are courageous and loving enough to educate our…

I Am Not Alone

Something in me gave way a bit when I wrote my last piece about the struggle to stay on track. Those last few paragraphs were an exercise in freedom. I wasn’t expecting it, but admitting that the food battle is so emotional cracked open a reservoir of untapped strength in me. It wasn’t that I…

Sugar War

It is Day 2 on Survivor Island (Diet Edition) and the inhabitant is getting hungry. With a scarce rationing of proteins and fats, the sugar addicted brain starts to play out its sneakiest sabotage hits. It starts with negotiating. “Feed me some simple sugars, no one will find out.” When rebuffed, the negotiations escalate. “Fine,…

A Chosen Battle

I am starting my day with yet another attempt to get my physical body back in control. I can blame it on cancer or pregnancy or damaged lungs but really, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, I am way out of shape, my energy is still quite low, I can’t dress in…

It Gets Better

A year ago, I was a mess. Life was a mess. Everything was just too hard. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. Today, I wake up to this: When it’s dark, hang in there. Keep moving forward. Find faith in lighter days even when it seems impossible. Life gets better. Give ‘Em…

A Note to My Son: Get Out

FINAL NOTICE OF EVICTION April 17, 2018 Dear Tenant, Pursuant to the Laws of Nature and Sanity, you are hereby given an eviction notice and notice to vacate the premises. You have occupied the property owned by your loving mother, her physical body, in excess of nine months without remuneration of any kind. On the…

Mental Health, Beds and Balance

I took a much needed day off today. After spending Saturday night in early labor until 5:00am and then Sunday night at the hospital, it was time for a rest. Here’s a few things I learned in my brief downtime. I am an intensely committed person. I am an “all in” kind of gal. This…

How to Talk to Someone You Disagree With

I am a professional mediator and collaborative family law attorney. Basically, I help divorcing couples communicate better so they can reach the best resolutions for their families. I help them stay out of court and stay in control of their lives. It is a pretty neat gig. My career and education have focused on communication…

Found Tonight

Our children are leading the charge for gun reform in our nation. Before you write me off on that, please listen. What if I can be right and that doesn’t make you wrong? What if we both have our truths and our fears and our values and holding them close does not actually threaten one…

Tom

Tom and I are flying back from Seattle today. Thanks to a generous and helpful friend, Tom was able to sidekick with me while I appeared in the Moth GrandSlam event (more on that later). Another great friend transported us around the city and handed over her condo for us to catch some much needed…