Updates & Events

Happy New Year! 2017!!!

2016 was a weird, crazy, sometimes ugly, sometimes wonderful year...a year where many struggled, hurt, and carried enormous burdens or grief. If you look at numerology (that stuff fascinates my woo-woo, flaky side), 2016 was a universal number 9, which represents the end of a cycle. I am happy to see it is now in… Continue reading Happy New Year! 2017!!!

Humor

Did You Hear the One About the Blonde That Walked Into a Subway?

Yesterday, I left Super Target, having resisted the temptation to buy bags of Halloween candy, grab a couple donuts from the bakery, or to indulge in a mocha latte from Starbucks, but I was hungry. I waited at the stoplight, stomach growling, debating if I should eat the Starbursts Minis that were still in my… Continue reading Did You Hear the One About the Blonde That Walked Into a Subway?

Self-Improvement

New Strategy for Accomplishing Goals: Keep Them Top Secret

You have finally decided you want to lose those 50 pounds you gained 20 years ago and you muster the courage to announce it on your Facebook page for the world to see. The cat is out of the bag! You are doing exactly what most experts tell you to do when setting goals, right?… Continue reading New Strategy for Accomplishing Goals: Keep Them Top Secret

Empty Nest, Self-Improvement, Spiritual Life

What Do You Do When You’ve Lost Your Purpose?

Purpose is that thing that gives you a reason to get up in the morning. Not in a begrudging way, but in a way that makes you embrace the day, that stirs your heart and your soul and lets you know that you have a reason to exist. For 21 years, I had the most… Continue reading What Do You Do When You’ve Lost Your Purpose?

Self-Improvement, Updates & Events

I May Not Be Your Cup of Tea….Bliss or Hell?

If you've followed my blog in the past, you know, I look at the world through a positive perspective. Some people think you are not living in the real world if you choose to live in it positively. It does not mean I am not a realist…those that know me personally would tell you I… Continue reading I May Not Be Your Cup of Tea….Bliss or Hell?

Empty Nest, Family, Parenting

Putting the Supermom Cape on Stand-by: Reflection on Motherhood

I was listening to an Oprah show on satellite radio not too long ago, and she said that she thought that parenting was not only one of the hardest jobs in the world, but that it was also a divine calling.  I have to say I agree completely. Regardless of my college degrees and real… Continue reading Putting the Supermom Cape on Stand-by: Reflection on Motherhood

Adventures & Travel, Home & Lifestyle

Why Sabula?

Why Sabula? (featured in Bellevue Herald Leader, July 31, 2013) By Erica Shoemaker Lowell Carlson asked me a few weeks ago why I chose to live in Sabula.  This got me thinking and wondering how other people who have lived, or currently do live in Sabula. Why do people choose to live on Iowa's island… Continue reading Why Sabula?

Self-Improvement

Are you wishing your way to nowhere or using positive thinking to give you momentum to take action?

This was published for my monthly column in the Bellevue Herald Leader for July.  If you didn't see it when I posted it last year on my blog, or even if you did, I hope you find inspirational.  It was a good reminder for myself 🙂 There is a joke that I have heard many… Continue reading Are you wishing your way to nowhere or using positive thinking to give you momentum to take action?

Adventures & Travel, Great Outdoors, Humor

Tis the Season: Camping Follies

Tis the season for camping, and as I watch the campers pull into the Sabula campground, I am reminded of a few of my own camping excursions. My earliest experiences with camping were attending a Girl Scout day camp at Grant's Farm when I was about 6 or 7 years old. All of the little… Continue reading Tis the Season: Camping Follies