Wild Things…and Parties

Last year when my son turned 11, he wanted a kid party. Since he hadn’t had one for a while, I told him to invite whoever he wanted…and he did.

Now usually only about 75% of guests attend, so when he invited 12 boys, I figured we’d have 9 max…and hoped for even less.

To my chagrin, 13 boys showed up (one extra asked to come the day of the party). Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson 10: Flickering Insight

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Writing is hard!  It hurts your wrists and back from hours scribbling with a pen or hunched over a computer.  It hurts your brain coming up with intricate plots that won’t bore a reader to tears.  It hurts your heart when you have to hurt your baby—that character you adore that you have to stretch out on the gauntlet in order to force them to expose themself on the page.

So why do we write when it’s such a painful, grueling process?  There seems to be a lot of us out there that still write.  Are we masochists? Continue reading

Doggone Best Friends

IMG_7043Ginger is a very social dog.  When we got her, we planned on her being an outside dog (and my house would be immensely less-hairy if she had cooperated).  But she insisted on being near one of us all the time.  She doesn’t like to go outside, unless someone will go with her (big blond wimp).

Of course, we—her family—are her best friends. Ah!  My kids get a kick out of Ginger’s eyebrow twitches and the way she’ll come up and lick their toes Continue reading

Lake Powell 4: Slots of Fun

121Sorry for neglecting posting.  I’ve been out of town and had very limited wi-fi (frustrating); but, I’m home and can now conclude my Lake Powell trip.  Lake Powell has so many facets to it, that I couldn’t possibly cover it all…but I have tried.  On the flight home, I actually saw part of Lake Powell from the air, and it was magnificent!

You have the houseboat part of Lake Powell, which is lethargic and lazy.  You anchor Continue reading

I left what?

I loved Still Alice by Lisa Genova, so when I saw this one out by her, I had to read it too.  Left Neglected is about Sarah Nickerson, a career-driven woman who tries to be everything to everybody.  She is vice-president of Berkley Consulting in Boston, a wife, and a mom to three children—one of which has just been diagnosed with ADD.

I was stunned by this woman’s life.  I know she’s a fictional character, but when I’m reading, these people are REAL.  Don’t burst my bubble!  I know there are women out there who lead a busy, corporate, 80 hour work week type of life, but it makes me TIRED just thinking about it.  Every second of Sarah’s day is micro-scheduled to fit in all she must do. Continue reading

Lake Powell 3: Surfing the Waves

063Wow!  This Lake Powell Post is taking longer than I anticipated. After the harrowing weather heaved us into a cliff last time, the sun came out and life was calm and peaceful once more–perfect conditions for SURFING!

Our relatives had a cool surfing boat.  I’m not technical, so forgive me for my simplified description, but basically we’d stop and Craig would push a button and the boat would take on water Continue reading

Angels in our Lives: Deevoted Daddy

I started the Angels series thinking it would be nice to write about inspiring people who truly deserve our hero-worship, instead of Hollywood celebrities who mostly get it.

Today’s angel is a devoted father who knew how to treasure and make the most of each moment with his family.  His name is DEE.  He’s my friend, Crystal’s, Dad.  She wrote me about him after The Magical Box post, and I knew he was definitely an angel I had to explore. Continue reading