Category Archive: Learning

Swallowing pride, one bite at a time (like an elephant)

My mom tells this story of when I was like two years old, frequently resisting help and saying “I do it myself.”  Independence has always been a big deal for me.  Needing help feels so… weak.  It’s one of those qualities that could be a good thing, but it can also become toxic.  I stayed […]

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College over 40

So… writing is what I do.  You know this.  I’m sure you’re not surprised that I’ve been journaling this entire college experience in my phone and I’m going to turn it into a book called College After 40.  I’m sure I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last person to do what I’m […]

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Life is Good Conference Recap 2017

My legs are still wobbly from using the stairs to avoid waiting for an elevator during our 7th year attending the Life is Good Conference in Oregon.  This year it was at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, Oregon. It’s about 20 minutes from Portland.  My kids haven’t unpacked yet and the car isn’t even entirely unloaded. […]

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A Bit of Earth

I always found it touching when the main character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden summoned up the courage to ask her distant and domineering uncle for permission to have a garden.  I tend to think of that line when I’m working in my yard.  Yard work shouldn’t be mentally exhausting, but for folks with […]

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Health and Wellness Update.

We’re fine, by the way.  Thank goodness for the ACA. When babies are born, a lot of moms will voice a preference over whether or not the child is a boy or a girl but when it comes down to it, all that really matters is that it’s healthy. I was lucky that all my […]

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Lucky. That’s all.

All my life I’ve felt lucky.  Maybe it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, maybe it’s a matter of choosing to see how things COULD have worked out alongside how they actually did work out. There’s something anxious and unsettling about imagining all the ways things can go […]

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Low Tide in Seattle

My daughters’ recently-rekindled passion for the sea and all creatures in it has sent us reeling toward more oceanic experiences lately.  The staff at the aquarium know us by name and my 10 yr old is tracking the time it will take for her to reach the age of volunteering. We’re looking into diving classes, but they’re […]

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If I ever get married again

When I was in my early 20’s I was spared the whole push-to-marriage that so many young adults deal with because I was already married when I was 19. (I was also spared the push-to-college but that’s a rant for a different day). I celebrated my 3 year divorceaversary last month and well- meaning family […]

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Living On The Edge

My dad used to say “If you’re not on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”  He meant that it was important to be up-to-date on news, technology and innovation, but that’s not the “living on the edge” that I’m talking about.  I’m talking about literally standing at the edge of a cliff in […]

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Great Minds Discuss Ideas

It’s been said that “small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events and great minds discuss ideas” (though apparently there’s some dispute about who actually said it and which exact words they used, though it’s most often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt). I’m not a great mind, I’m fascinated by people and super inspired by their […]

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