089 SelfWork: How To Let Go and Fill Your Empty Nest

The empty nest. It’s what some parents dread while others are counting down the days. This podcast is definitely for that first group and might give some good ideas to those that are delighting in their new freedoms. Learning new purpose, finding a fresh...

When Are You Old?

When people around my grandmother would begin talking about how hard getting older was, she’d usually pipe up and say, “When I consider the alternative..,” her eyes twinkling a bit. Things are happening that make me more aware of getting older. For...

Are We Losing Our Manners? How To Confront Social Anxiety

My husband and I threw a Super Bowl party many years ago. We ought to have known better. Most of our friends weren’t football geeks, like us. We’d invited about 30 people, and set up an extra TV in our living room. Our son, around 5 at the time, had...

Celebrating Life. A Post About Grief And Gratitude

This is a special weekend for me. I’m headed to my hometown to be with my brothers and their wives. It’s the day, a decade ago, when my mother died, and then my father a week later. I’ve written about their lives and their deaths before. My mom, a...

The Silent Agony of Staying Thin — At All Costs

For many women, being thin is worshipped like no other physical attribute. Not your hair, not your muscles, not your voice. The greatest compliment a woman can hear (at least according to some)? “You look like you’ve lost weight…”. For girls or...

Marriage Is Not For Chickens

Two years ago, I sat down to write a post about marriage. When it appeared on The Huffington Post, over 200,000 people agreed with what I had to say. In honor of my now 26th anniversary, celebrated quietly but with great joy recently, here are those thoughts —...