Thoughts & Inspirations

A Little Common Courtesy

I was recently walking to my car in the Whole Foods parking lot when I locked eyes with another fellow mom loading her groceries into her SUV.  We briefly smiled at each other before finishing the task at hand.  After I loaded up the car, I walked my shopping cart back to the cart corral.  [...]


A Lesson From Trayvon

I haven’t slept well for a week and a half.  Ever since Trayvon Martin’s murderer was set free, I’ve been haunted. The verdict was alarming and disheartening for me, and it makes me anxious to live in a country where this sort of crime can go unpunished. Through some strange loophole in a faulty law, [...]


Dandelioness

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This is just a simple post. A note of gratitude, really. To Mother Nature. For creating dandelions and giving children something beautiful to pick and appreciate and delight in.  How lucky are we to live in a world where weeds are truly beautiful! Did you like this? Share it:Tweet


A Chilly Night

I couldn’t fall asleep last night. Just before Chris and I went up to bed, we heard a woman yelling in the courtyard behind our home. We live in a busy part of a big city, and occasionally people who don’t live in our development stroll through, picking through trashcans or perhaps taking a shortcut.  [...]


It’s About Life

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My parents recently called my siblings and me to their house for help with a rather daunting task: pick up all our crap.  Bins full of grade school art projects and high school year books. File folders with report cards and college acceptance letters.  Tiny shoes and faded photos and personal journals filled with the [...]


The Right Place

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My heart is breaking for Boston.  Now that the smoke has settled and the initial shock has left us numb, the news is introducing us to personal stories of devastating loss and inspirational heroism. Like most Americans, I am particularly saddened about the death of 8 year old Martin Richard.  He was just a boy.  [...]


Infección del Oído

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We recently spent 8 glorious days and 8 restful nights on the tiny Mexican island of Isla Mujeres. Well, actually it was only 7 restful nights because one midnight halfway through the trip poor little Mack awoke in distress. His ears hurt.  Bad. None of my kids had ever endured an ear infection, but based [...]


Sweet Dreams

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I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep lately. Later this month, Vivian and Mack will celebrate birthdays which means that another year has flown by. Life is going too fast. I could live to 150 and still not check off everything on my to-do list.  I want to stop time and live without distractions [...]


Better Than A Carnation

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I don’t think I’ve ever had an *amazing* Valentine’s Day. Its always been a Hallmark holiday for me.  When I was in high school, the booster club sponsored a carnation delivery – boys would buy carnations for girls, and the flowers would be delivered during class.  Every year I wished for a carnation. And I [...]


We Are All In This Together

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Here in Chicago, the most urgent news story lately surrounds the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.  She was a sweet and beautiful high schooler murdered while she took cover from the rain in a southside Chicago park.   Just days before her death she had performed at President Obama’s inauguration.  And now she is a [...]


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