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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~ Joseph Campell The danger of following crowds has never been more frighteningly evident than this past week. The stampede during the pilgrimage in Mecca killed 800 people and injured over 1000. I can’t even imagine the terror of being crushed or suffocated in a ... Continue Reading »

I Don’t Care

June 25th, 2015
I like to think I am a caring person. But this, this is one thing i just do not care about. You can tell me about it a million times over, and again I will look you in the eye and say, I do not care. I actually have a bee in my bonnet about ... Continue Reading »

Love Wins in Ireland

May 24th, 2015
I haven’t tallied them, but suspect I’ve married near a thousand couples  in my time. I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. I’ve had weddings interrupted by angry parents, dogs in wedding parties and one bride who turned up the day after the wedding to tell me she’d fallen in love with me. (I ... Continue Reading »
They say to love your enemies, but no one tells you how to do it. It’s easy to think nice thoughts about difficult people when you’re alone, but how do you love the annoying work colleague, you know the one who’s like a shiver looking for a spine to run up. We’re supposed to find ... Continue Reading »
“It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about.” ~ Alan Ball As I wrote last week, I’m growing to accept being an introvert. But that doesn’t mean I can’t sometimes surprise myself. Introvert and extrovert exist ... Continue Reading »
“For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.” ~ Jonathan Rausch I’m pleased by the recent interest in introverts; both because I AM one and because it’s helped to dispel some myths about introverts. Being an introvert is ... Continue Reading »
In the movie “We Bought A Zoo”, the Dad is talking to his son about starting a conversation with a girl he likes. He says, You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. ... Continue Reading »

If The Shoe Fits.

March 31st, 2014
The story I am about to tell you is all completely true, profound and stays with me to this day. A lesson I’m still learning, a lesson a child is still teaching. It is about a boy and a pair of old wooden clogs. Take a seat, put your feet up. He was 4. He ... Continue Reading »
Some people want legal protection  if they choose not to do business with members of the LGBT community. Or as comedian Seth Myers said, “Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.” The bill in Arizona (Religious Freedom Bill) was vetoed, but similar moves are being discussed in other states of America. I believe the bill was ... Continue Reading »
“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ~ Ivanla Vanzant There’s a funny scene in the Ben Stiller movie, Meet the Fockers. He takes his future in-laws to meet ... Continue Reading »
   1.  Check your kid’s hands. Do they have opposable thumbs? Yes? Well don’t make their lunches. They can spread their own peanut butter on their own 2 slices of bread, or go hungry. I mean, how hard is it to put an apple in a lunch box? You buy good healthy food, they make ... Continue Reading »

Fifty Shades of Grey

November 1st, 2013
Well I went and did it. My kids begged me not to, nodding their heads in disbelief that I could do such a thing to them. My husband encouraged me to give it a try. As he does with most things. Sometimes this is great, sometimes it just isn’t. I wasn’t sure how this one ... Continue Reading »

Common Sense and Wisdom

October 1st, 2013
I was listening to a comedian recently and as is so often the case, humor cuts to the heart of common situations and uncommon sense. Why do we automatically put our seat belts on when we’re driving, but hardly ever when we’re in a taxi? When I’m driving my kids around, I won’t start driving ... Continue Reading »

Both/And Thinking

September 22nd, 2013
Have you ever played the game, “Would you rather?” You have to answer scenarios about what you prefer. It could be anything from “Would you rather have no eyebrows or a monobrow?” to “Would you rather spend a year marooned on a deserted island or five years in prison?” We tend to buy into the ... Continue Reading »

Being Your Age

September 2nd, 2013
A woman was in the hospital, near death.  The family called their pastor to be with her.  As the pastor stood next to the bed, the woman’s condition deteriorated rapidly. Gasping for breath, she motioned for the pastor to come close as if she needed to urgently tell him something. He couldn’t understand what she ... Continue Reading »