I laugh, you laugh, we laugh – we live

I can always find something to giggle about. Like my client’s calm observance that one of her husband’s caregivers had dressed him in a female sweater, complete with gleaming, gold buttons. Or the memory of my father’s face when during a reverse driving lesson, I accelerated too hard backing the car down the driveway, and …

Creative expression: Find your inner you

“I am NOT putting that in your hair,” is the first statement that flew out of my mouth when my 12-year-old granddaughter Angel pointed to the blue-colored extensions she wanted me to crochet into her hair. I relented when she explained that she didn’t want a blue head, just streaked through. Whew! But, as I…

Welcome home! Please don’t unpack!

When the bird needs the nest again, does it ever work? Is there ever a time when the parent of an adult individual (I have a hard time saying “adult child”) invites said individual back home to regroup, and they don’t end up needing therapy? I’m asking about any parent-son or parent-daughter relationship, but specifically…

No-Tech Weekends at Nana’s

At first,  I felt guilty when I made the rule.  In a minute you’ll probably wonder why a grown woman would feel guilty about a household rule for her grandchildren. Especially since I was raised the old school way where what the adult said goes … period. But after raising three daughters the old school…

Resist. Give up. Cut out. No way!

Resist your cravings. Give up snacking. Cut out fats, sweets, and salt. Resist. Give up. Cut out. Well, what kind of foolishness is that? Actually, it’s the exact mantra I chanted to myself when I turned 50 five years ago. I’d just seen a website that challenged a 30-day vegan trial. Well, I don’t do…

Surviving workplace conflicts

Like questionable family members, some co-workers can be the worm that bores through a perfectly good apple and ruins it. There’s always one. One who wants to curry favor with supervisors and other workers; One who’s trying to cover her own misdeeds; One who wants to make your life miserable just because … Any one…

Nightshift: Sunshine for an introvert

It’s after 12 a.m. and I’m at work, just outside of my patient’s room within earshot of his soft snore. As soon as the central air kicks back off again, the house will be prayer-room quiet. This might be the time for many people to rush to their Facebook account for a “Who’s up with…

Trump’s Two Days of Truth

Two days. That’s how long it took for Donald Trump to finally break his silence amidst media criticism. Two days. That’s how long it took for the nation to finally get a forced leadership response from a man whose incendiary Tweets and “Fake News” outbursts have nearly reached legendary status. During that time the nation…

Star Rates: Where the taxi elite shine

A few posts back, I wrote about the Lyft driver who had the nerve to call me lazy … while he was driving me to work. The star rating he got was more than generous, considering. But before him and since, I’ve had a couple of extreme cases where I handed out low-star ratings for…