Burn Out

I saw our counselor by myself this week.  I walked away from that appointment floating on air.  For the first time ever, I feel like a therapist understands exactly what I'm dealing with. She sees it. She sees through the well-polished exterior my husband presents.  She's not fooled a bit. This means, of course, that... Continue Reading →

As The Pendulum Swings

So it's been a while.  Because school started, which has been amazing and fun and my students, yet again, are the most wonderful people on the planet and I can't wait to get to class to teach, share and discuss. But that leaves very little time for blogging. And I know, I know, my 8... Continue Reading →

Borrowed Hope

So, my husband and I are going to a counselor.  She is amazing.  Just a little FYI:  If you are having marital difficulties, find a counselor that does EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy). It's different from the run-of-the-mill and it WORKS way better than the usual "communication skills" approach.  Trust me on this. At any rate,... Continue Reading →

First World Problems

Speaking of The Excitement Plan... we're camping, and voices carry outside of tents but people don't seem to realize this. So last night my daughter and I were privy to the bedtime rituals of the young woman in the tent two campsites over.  It was a monologue that went something like this: "Ohhhh, nooooo." (This... Continue Reading →

Probably Long Enough

I watched today as a young mother ran to scoop up her toddler, who was making his way towards his father.  His father was preaching at the time, but this toddler had decided it was a good time to visit Daddy.  I watched his mother bundle him in her arms, smiling sheepishly, and carry him... Continue Reading →

The Freedom in the Truth

Interesting, this whole being-able-to-speak-my-mind-freely thing.  It's starting to rub off.  I'm starting to get comfortable with saying exactly what I think. Even when I think people might look at me funny. This, now..... this is huge progress.  I was raised with shame-based discipline, and somehow my mother communicated to me that above all else, I... Continue Reading →

Enough With The Labels Already

The shooting in Orlando has so saddened me. I braced myself for the onslaught on social media of inevitable vitriol centered around whatever a person's pet bandwagon is, but even that has been minimal. A bit about gun control, to be sure. A few posts from people saying that they sure hoped their Bible-believing friends... Continue Reading →

Of Ice Maidens and Colds

I'm sick.   We're all sick.  No, I mean, literally.  A very bad head cold is making the rounds and knocking the entire family off its collective feet. Which, you know, at the end of the school year when the stress level finally comes down a notch, is kind of to be expected.  All the overdoing... Continue Reading →

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