The quickening. It’s what the pregnancy books call the moment when a soon-to-be mom is physically aware of the movements of her baby.     I remember a bubbly effervescence, a tiny tapping, a feeling akin to little butterflies launching. From that first motion on, parenthood became a quickening too. A series of moments accelerating. Too. Fast. My daughter is moving at warp speed. One minute she’s appearing on an ultrasound screen, a bouncy, blurry greyness that I hardly could… Read more »

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ~Jim Rohn   A couple of days ago I stood next to the kitchen counter peeling a banana. I dropped the peel–and the stringy banana “hairs”– into our compost container. Then, without thinking, I broke off the end–a.k.a. the butt of the banana– and added it to the pile. I have no problem with the banana butt. But my son always has. When he was younger he wouldn’t… Read more »

  I was NOT on vacation this week. But I did go to the beach.  I drove two hours to spend a few days with family to celebrate my sister’s graduation from nursing school. She lives only ten minutes from the actual beach, so…I mean, I couldn’t NOT go. So in terms of meeting my typical work quota  last week. Didn’t happen. I skimmed emails and stuff via my phone, but mostly I felt like I was out of the… Read more »