If you’ve thought the words, “I wish I could just…”, followed directly by the words, “…but what would people think?”, then congratulations, you are part of the human race. My day started out well enough. I woke up in a good mood. I did Saturday-ish stuff. Along about midday I started getting frustrated with a… Read More The Crazy Lady Who Circles Her Yard
I played all my games on Earth. Now when I venture into the realm of youth sports, it sometimes feels like I’ve wandered onto another planet. My youth sports career… No, let’s not call it a career. Sports are not a kid’s job, they’re a life experience. My youth sports journey followed several distinct phases.… Read More I’m A Youth Sports Success Story And My Parents Didn’t Morph Into Aliens To Make Me One
Welcome to March Madness! I thought the world might like a glimpse into how a scientific-minded, sports-knowledgeable person goes about filling out their NCAA Basketball Bracket. I don’t know any people like that, so instead I’m giving you a glimpse into how I made my Round of 64 picks this year. Come journey with me… Read More My March Madness Bracket: Gonzo, Team Bates, Justin Timberlake, and Too Many Cats
I’ve been sick going on eight weeks now. Fifty-seven fun-filled days and nights of sore throats, swollen tonsils, fevers, headaches, joint pain, exhaustion…yep, it’s been a real party. In an effort to try to keep a positive attitude even when I feel lousy, I decided laughter is often the best medicine. So, on the nights… Read More When Germs Attack
It’s been two years now since my mom lost her battle with cancer. And for those two years, nearly every memory of her, even the joyful ones, was tinged with sadness. I still miss my mom, but as the second anniversary of her passing approached, I wanted to find a way to focus on being… Read More Kinetic Imprint Is Live
Coagulation is awful. Well, unless you’re bleeding profusely, then I suppose it’s pretty awesome. I’m speaking metaphorically. If I may toss a little basic science your way, coagulation is when a liquid starts to thicken into a solid state. When you’re bleeding, your body all seems to be on the same page, and reacts accordingly.… Read More Ideas Flow With Your Blood
Who to choose for your kickball team? Grape or strawberry jelly? These are important decisions for a kid, but the most life-affecting decision a kid can make in elementary school? What to dress up as for Halloween. Months of agonizing debate and firing of ideas and creativity take place in the minds of young people,… Read More Raggedy Ann To A Dracula Snoopy T-shirt The Evolution Of My Halloween
Psst. Hey. You wanna know a secret? Life is hard sometimes. I don’t mean capital-letters LIFE, your string of years on this planet, where into your LIFE good times and bad times will come. Everybody admits capital-letters LIFE can be hard sometimes. I mean lowercase life, the daily act of getting out of bed in… Read More The Secret We Pretend We Don’t Know
One minute you’re driving home from work, listening to the radio and planning what to have for dinner, the next you’re pulled onto the side of the road, taking pictures of what used to be your car’s bumper and exchanging every number that’s ever been assigned to you and your vehicle with a stranger. Last… Read More Back Off My Bumper
Is there anything to compare to those first fresh days of Spring after a long cold Winter? The warm breezes, the shining sun, your overconfidence in your gardening abilities and your unrealistic expectations for your commitment to working outdoors all Summer long? As we head into the first days of Autumn, I look back at… Read More Super Plant Lady
Who hasn’t wanted to grab two fistfuls of food and swing upside down from the cafeteria salad bar while you stuff your face? What? No one? Yeah. Me neither. But, Winston the Squirrel loves to ride his gravy train like a spinning disco ball in the middle of a Prince song! A few weeks ago,… Read More This Squirrel’s Gonna Party Like It’s 1999!
The picture above is from my mom’s funeral program. The sentiment, “There are no other mommys like you.”, scrawled on the back of scrap paper and presented, no-doubt proudly, by a preschooler 35 years ago to her mom, is mine, but it is a sentiment felt by kids young and old about their own moms.… Read More Stand Up
Sometimes going to the doctor can be all kinds of awkward. I know we’re all just human beings with the same general parts and afflictions, but whether we admit it or not, the whole deal is a bit awkward, no matter how much the nice doctor, nurse, and staff are trying to make you feel… Read More Am I Right, Ladies?
If the title of this post sounds like the opening line of a joke, that’s because apple trees are funny. Well, not inherently, but place them in your private backyard next to a public sidewalk along a busy road and the comedy script writes itself. I feel like the punch line to this joke should… Read More A Tourist, A Chef, And A Dad With Questionable Judgment Walk Up To My Apple Trees…
“Beautiful, night, isn’t it sweetie?”“Mm. Yes. That breeze? Refreshing.”“Feels like a perfect night to hop in the pickup and go steal another homeowner’s property, don’t you think?”“Ooo! Yes! Let’s do that! I’ll tell the kids to put their shoes on!” That’s what I feel the conversation must sound like every year when people around my… Read More Kind Sir, Get Your Hands Off My Apples