Not long ago I had a dream that really stuck with me. Usually my dreams slip away unnoticed, but not this one. In it, I was standing on a beach with my son (a much younger version of him). It was nighttime and the waves were numerous and way too big to consider a dip. Well, that and I am scared of the ocean. It’s more of a yin yang fear and fascination with the ocean (my mom blames Jaws)…. Read more »

  “I can’t remember anything!” That was what my usually confident daughter whispered to me right before heading to the stage during a piano recital a few years ago. She was nervous. So I reassured her, gave her a quick pep talk and then she walked up to the grand piano on the tiny stage and began to play the opening chords. I released the breath I was holding and then paused.  Was that the opening chords again?  She’d practiced the… Read more »

I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, so reading Wendy McClure’s book, The Wilder Life:  My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie was like catching up with dear friends.  In fact I was reminded how much LHOP played a role in my own life as I remembered along with Wendy about bonnets,  Plum Creek, the sod house, and above all the spunky, carefree, adventurous spirit that was Laura.   “MOST GIRLS JUST WANT TO BE… Read more »