Getting my hands and other unspeakable parts dirty

I always thought flowers were best for vases and carefully arranged pots around my deck. The thought of sticking my hands into fresh earth was terrifying. I might get dirt under my nails, or worse, touch a worm. It never bothered me when my kids would play in the mud, just as long as they … Continue reading Getting my hands and other unspeakable parts dirty

111 Days Until Race Day

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that one of my goals for 2012 is to run a half marathon. I registered for the Ann Arbor Champions for Charity event in June. I have never run anything more than a 5k and although my first race of this year was one of my fastest, … Continue reading 111 Days Until Race Day

How do you plan to face 2012?

I feel a little bit like Lucy Pevensie when she walked through the wardrobe for the first time. Narnia felt exciting and mysterious. And while Lucy spent hours in this mystical land, when she returns to the Professor's country house, time seems to have stood still. Two worlds existing at the same time but never … Continue reading How do you plan to face 2012?

I Really Am Smarter Than I Look

I honestly did graduate from college, not that some piece of paper means anything really. But I've also had some good jobs that required mental acuteness. My strength has always been the ability to think creatively and "outside the box". However, once I had children, I suddenly became stupid. It was sort of a gradual … Continue reading I Really Am Smarter Than I Look

Sometimes Just Showing Up is Enough

There's an African proverb that says : "It takes a village to raise a child." According to Wikipedia, this saying originated from the Nigerian Igbo culture and proverb "Ora na azu nwa" which means it takes the community/village to raise a child. The Igbo's also name their children "Nwa ora" which means child of the community. I believe … Continue reading Sometimes Just Showing Up is Enough