13 Ways to Stay Safer on the Streets

A year ago today, car and street safety was heavy on my mind. We had watched the movie Bella the same week that Maria Chapman passed away in a tragic auto accident. Talk about a sobering week. Counting six little heads when we’re out and about is my habit, but all the more so when […]

From Their Perspective

Recently, I found my 4 year old son and my 2 year old daughter holding a photo shoot. With my camera. With my “I-scrimped-and-saved-all-my-mad-money-till-I-had-$400″ camera. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. But, later after the smoke stopped coming out my nose and ears, I paused and looked at my little man’s pictures. What a […]

To Be Joyful & To Do Good as Long as They Live

The following is a “rerun,” but one worth repeating. It’s such an encouragement to me. I hope it is to you, as well. Originally posted May 18, 2008. I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his […]

Just a Mom

Me and My Mom, 1973 This past weekend the local paper featured a story about “working” mothers who’ve been forced to leave the workplace and their stay-at-home counterparts who’ve been forced to join the workforce, both due to the economy. One mom commented that she has a hard time now being “just a mom.” The […]

It’s OK Not to Go Overboard

I am probably in the minority when I say that. But, it’s ok not to go overboard. I had to tell myself that this weekend. You see, I had big plans for a fancy, shmancy cake for my mom this weekend. (I mean, I do have a reputation to uphold, after all.) But, my computer […]

A New View

Visits to amusement parks were a regular occasion for my family when I was growing up. Since we lived about a 45 minute drive from “the happiest place on Earth,” and only five miles from Magic Mountain, a day at the park was a frequent activity. Those days are a wonderful part of my childhood […]

Diet for the Decades — Your Best Diet at 50+

This is the fourth and final part in a series of guest posts by Elizabeth Somer, MA, a registered dietician and the author of nine books including Food & Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best. She is also the spokesperson for 8th Continent Complete Soymilk. Elizabeth has carved a unique […]

Cute Feet!

My sister Jamie bought these for FishBaby when she was born. They are so stinking cute, I’m milking them for all they’re worth. She’s still sporting them – barely – at eight months of age. In case you’re like me and can’t tell what they are until you put them on the wrong feet, they […]