1 Month of Delicious Dinners

Dear Friends, Many you have been asking me to post a sample dinner meal-plan. You’re curious about what I eat, but also in disbelief that most dinners take me 30 minutes or less to prep and cook. Well, it’s true…. and, just in time for the holiday season, I’m going post a meal plan ANDContinue reading “1 Month of Delicious Dinners”

Hello November

Dear Friend, What are you looking forward to during the month of November? If you’re like me, November is a time to reflect on what you’re grateful for and prepare for the holiday season. In America, during November we celebrate Thanksgiving which is one of my favorite holidays. When we were children we were fedContinue reading “Hello November”

Craving Community

Dear friend, Today for the first time in years, I checked out a book at the library. The experience of plucking the book from the quiet stacks and carrying it with me back to my office was pleasing, and I was reminded of a summer when I read so many library books my vision literallyContinue reading “Craving Community”

A Letter on Wedding Dress Shopping

Dear Friend, As the weekend approaches, I’m more and more excited to go wedding dress shopping. No, scratch that, I’m ecstatic. Though I wish the day were here already, I have to admit; there’s something bittersweet about this special occasion. Like many women, I’ve been looking forward to this day my entire life, and IContinue reading “A Letter on Wedding Dress Shopping”

Because I Could not Stop for Fate…

Dear friend, The other week as I was driving to my mom’s house, the woman in the car behind me was riding my bumper and swerving as though she was going to pass me. What she failed to see was that I was not driving slowly on purpose; there was a white work-van practically crawlingContinue reading “Because I Could not Stop for Fate…”

A Night at the Basketball Court

Dear Friend, Summers as a kid were a lot different than they are now. Back then, I kept busy from dawn until dusk playing basketball, swimming in the pool, and practicing colorguard. Sitting still wasn’t in my nature. I didn’t read books often or watch more than an hour or so of tv at night.Continue reading “A Night at the Basketball Court”

Living with Mental Illness

Dear Friend, Mental health is a topic that a lot of people shy away from….Sure, you hear about mindfulness and meditation. You also hear that exercise is good for your mental health, and so is eating a well balanced diet. What nobody ever wants to talk about is the daily experience of living with mentalContinue reading “Living with Mental Illness”

Overcoming Anxious Thoughts

Dear Friend, In the past, I’d avoid using the copy machine if anyone was near it, because I was afraid of an awkward social interaction. I’d avoid making doctor’s appointments because I was afraid to. I’d get physically ill prior to most social outings, whether it was work or something I’ve been looking forward toContinue reading “Overcoming Anxious Thoughts”

The Lady at the Diner

Dear friend, Several years ago my sister and I were eating lunch at our local diner when we couldn’t help overhearing the conversation of the couple in the booth behind us.  They had just come from a Dr’s appointment, and the woman was told that her cancer had come back, and spread to her brain.Continue reading “The Lady at the Diner”

Accepting Differences In Opinion

Dear Paige E., I’m having a hard time these days because people have wildly different political views…if I see an opposing view it can ruin my day because I can’t stop thinking about it. I know I can’t change their opinion, so how do I stop wasting energy on this?  -Anonymous Dear A, When facedContinue reading “Accepting Differences In Opinion”