Finally, Paris!

I could close my eyes and envision myself sitting at a Parisian cafe, writing in a worn notebook and sipping coffee.  I held onto this vision for many years since I was a teenager.  Sometimes in my imagination, it would be raining, sometimes it was nighttime, and sometimes it was a nice sunny, summer day. … Continue reading

Summer Cleaning

It’s summer and as all summers go, the schedule is different. It’s a different crazy than school season.  With the kids out of school, it’s my time to rev up the work schedule and seriously attempt to do “spring” cleaning while manage quality time with the family when we aren’t running around doing our weekend … Continue reading

Field of Dreams

 My daughter took this picture on our way home from Los Angeles a few weeks ago.  It was a great trip for her ~ their middle school band won Silver and the string section won Gold in the Heritage Music Festival.  It was a trip I was fortunate to chaperone; a trip which took months … Continue reading

Beautiful. Gastronomique.

There is something undeniably natural about reaching for a freshly sliced piece of homemade bread, steam still coming off the top…sweet butter melting straight through to the middle.  Your fingers seep into the dough and you take your first bite.  The house smells of bakery as your mouth touches both married bread and butter.  You … Continue reading

Crossing that Bridge

 The State of California is in desperate need of rain.  In fact, we could probably use a few weeks of constant downpour for our reserves to be at an acceptable level.  However, as my week went, with an automatic minivan door which completely stopped working, a work environment that did not seem to lighten up … Continue reading


We all have moments of weakness, moments when the stress of every day life becomes too overwhelming and we think our efforts are pointless.  Last night, after a long day of work and a series of unfortunate occurrences here and there, I was spent by the time we picked up the girls from confirmation class. … Continue reading

My Open Letter to The World ~ Post Op

Dear World, Exactly one week ago I was sophisticatedely  hacked in to by three surgeons and a robot.  I know, it sounds like the start of a bad joke but it’s not.  It is true to life ~ I could not even joke about my cystoscopy/stint application/hysterectomy/appendectomy procedure if I wanted to.  Before I entered … Continue reading

Sucker Punched

Some people step into a yoga studio to feel at peace.  Others slip on their running shoes and hit the pavement to leave their world behind and feel the wind in their hair.  I always feel calmest when I have a pen in hand or my keyboard beneath my fingertips…especially when I cannot figure things … Continue reading

Sidetracked and Sleepless

Sidetracked and Sleepless

I am sitting here attempting to update my resume.  It should be an easy task, considering I got one promotion since I last looked at it.  But I took some painkillers and my attention span is not all there (was it ever?).  I stumble upon an article I wrote for an online contest to meet … Continue reading

A Spoonful of Sugar

Three days after surgery and I’m opening a handful of medical bills…already.  The labs, surgeons, offices, (and perhaps even the building security, who knows) have not wasted any time in calculating the costs to dissect me.  The brows are not furrowing, nor am I tapping my fingers on the table in my nervous manner.  I … Continue reading