Pride & Joy, Prized Possessions


I'd like to think that I don't really put too much value in having "things" as I get older.  Maybe its age, wisdom, or my brush with cancer; or maybe it's having two cats that run around the house willy-nilly and have broken several of my favorite knickknacks.   Over the years I've collected music boxes, rocking chairs, and pieces … Continue reading Pride & Joy, Prized Possessions

Showdown at Big Sky (If You Can’t Say Something Nice…)


How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach? I'm not a fan of conflict, never have been, never really will be. I understand that conflict can create unique opportunities for growth, forging new relationships, finding the rainbow on the other side (read: yadda, yadda, yadda). But frankly, … Continue reading Showdown at Big Sky (If You Can’t Say Something Nice…)

Because the Night


Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? In an earlier post I wrote about the best time of day to get my work done; hands down, it's 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. In fact, I get the most done between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, when the office is quiet and … Continue reading Because the Night

The Wonderful World of Disney (or, Saturday Nights When I Was A Kid)


Today's prompt: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! What’s your favorite way to spend Saturday night? I am a confirmed homebody and am proud to state it for all the world to know. Spending Saturday nights at home is a well grounded childhood memory. After our baths, we sat in front of the television to watch Lawrence Welk and … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Disney (or, Saturday Nights When I Was A Kid)

It’s This Simple: Ice Cream


What’s your biggest junk food weakness? Tell us all about it in its sugary, salty, glory.   Simply put, ICE CREAM.  My all time favorite junk food weakness is ice cream.  There is no rhyme or reason as to why, it just is.  I will not bore you with stories of favorite ice cream joints, … Continue reading It’s This Simple: Ice Cream

Inspiration Is, As Inspiration Does


On Friday I'll be giving a keynote type of speech to a group of AmeriCorps VISTA members. If you don't know what that is you can look it up here.   I was contacted about two months ago by the person organizing the event. When we spoke on the phone she mentioned that someone I knew … Continue reading Inspiration Is, As Inspiration Does

Dating Disasters Lead To…


I could fill volumes with relationship disaster stories, they'd make a great sitcom script, stand-up routine, or sketch on SNL with Kristin Wiig playing me. Let's just say that from about 1999 to 2004 (when I met my future husband) there were a few disasters. Here are some highlights of first date disasters that would … Continue reading Dating Disasters Lead To…

Can’t Get it Out of My Head: A DP Writing Prompt


Have you ever become obsessed with something? Tell us about something that captivates your attention like nothing else. I'm not sure I'd call it obsession, but I definitely go through phases of intense interest. The thing I wish I could be obsessed with is exercise, but that's not likely. Usually, it's with books and authors … Continue reading Can’t Get it Out of My Head: A DP Writing Prompt

More Than Five Minutes of Fame


Today writing prompt:  Have you dreamt of becoming famous? What would your claim to fame be? Comedy? Acting? Writing? Race car driving? Go! Five minutes, that's all, just five minutes of fame is what most mere mortals can expect. The people who can turn their five minutes into something more, in my estimation, are just … Continue reading More Than Five Minutes of Fame

Golden Rule of Friendship


Do you find it easy to make new friends? Tell us how you’ve mastered the art of befriending a new person.   When I read the prompt for today a childhood song popped into my head and stayed there, like any good ear worm, for the entire day!  I learned it as a Girl Scout.  … Continue reading Golden Rule of Friendship