Summer Report

Larry – San Fran bridge

How’s your summer? Mine is busy. Sometimes I feel like this photo—living in a fog where I can’t see the next step ahead. But I’m also looking forward to the fog lifting and seeing what surprises are on the other side of the bridge. In the spirit of a summer break, I’m taking a few […]

Lessons from Word


If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a Word document that originated with someone else, you know that sometimes the formatting can be wonky. Because of the nature of a project I’m part of, this has been happening to me quite a bit lately. Extra line spaces appear and will not go away […]

From Sun to Storm and Back Again


On a recent Saturday, I worked in the yard for a while, listening to an audiobook to distract me from how much I dislike it. I enjoy being outdoors and love the sun. I am less fond of the actual work of trying to control a bazillion weeds every summer. But I was doing it […]

Meet the Author, Meet the Mother

Olivia Newport Wonderful Lonesome Cover

A few weeks ago I traveled to Illinois to visit my mother, who has been living in an assisted living community for the last year. Believe me, you can spend all day moving from one scheduled activity to another. Wii bowling. Dog visitors. Musical entertainers. Card games. Happy hour. Check the schedule. There’s always something. […]

Life Rushing Past

Lakehouse view – Larry

Last week one of my great-nephews turned a year old, and I had a chat with my eighty-eight-year-old mother about the occasion. She commented that, looking back, it always seems like that first year goes so fast because the baby changes so much that it hardly seems like the same child. I also had a […]

Fast Regret

paint chips 2

We’ve been painting this summer. It’s been a looong time since we painted the main rooms of our house. And about nine months ago our daughter moved out, and we’ve turned that room into a cozy TV room. (Which may explain my heightened Netflix habit of late.) Our method has been that I agonize about […]

7 Reasons I Like to Drive Alone


Last year at this time, I did something I’d never done before. I drove from Chicago to Colorado Springs by myself. I once drove from Chicago to LA, but I was caravaning with another car. This time I was on my own. And I liked it. I didn’t realize I would. In fact, I liked […]

4 Lessons from First Grade

school desk

School was serious business. From circle time in kindergarten to graduating college magna cum laude with a double major, if I was a student, then I was a student! But one of the longest lasting lessons came from a day I missed school. Perhaps I had missed a day of school before, but this day […]

When Mountains Speak


Saturdays are bear down days. During the week, I have a full-time job, so Saturdays are get-serious-about-writing-even-if-you-don’t-feel-like-it days. Being a creature of habit helps tremendously with this. If I stay home, though, it’s easy to be distracted by everything that needs doing, so my Saturday routine is to go to a coffee shop in the […]

Work to Rest Ratios


Last weekend, when I went to bed on Friday night, I opted not to set an alarm for Saturday morning. This is usually a safe bet, since while I don’t get up at the crack of dawn, I do not have the gift of sleeping long and late. It’s not a big stretch to figure […]