It’s Good to Fail

One of the fun events our elementary school has is the yearly, “Andover Idol.” We have judges and everything.  It’s for middle school only, 6th-8th. Cope did her thing.  After literally months of deliberation, she passed on hip-hop, rock, or diva-ville.  She sang a song she’s been singing since she was three:  “Wishing You Were […]

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What’s This Thing Called Work-Life Balance?

My one-word theme for the year, “Simplify” is staring at me from the wall. Personal progress is suspect. I tell you, simplifying is hard. It means saying No to SO MANY THINGS. I experienced further angst when reading this stove analogy by humorist David Sedaris on management: “One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your […]

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Need to See the Kids? Make an Appointment!

I used to actually think that when my kids were older, life wouldn’t be so crazy – that life would be easier and might actually slow down…oh, silly rabbit. Life is going by at warp speed. If our family isn’t incredibly intentional about scheduling time together, we are the ships passing in the night. How easy it […]

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Aunt Margie’s German Chocolate Cake {a love story}

This cake is brought to you just in time for Valentine’s. It’s special for three reasons: It’s my Aunt Margie’s recipe, who is now gone, but I have her cake and think of her whenever I make it. It has a very special ingredient that makes me laugh. It represents so many things I love […]

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she wanted to be his passion

Still Alice is haunting me. Other than frequently losing my mind, there is another theme that resonated. I don’t like it. It comes from this passage: “I wish we’d spend more time together,” she said. “What do you mean? We just spent the whole summer together.” “No, not the summer, our whole lives. I’ve been thinking about it, and […]

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