More Than a Diploma by Sharon O’Donnell


  This is my middle boy, David, after his graduation with a Masters of Accounting from NC State University this week. This is also my boy who had speech therapy starting at 3, reading comprehension issues in elementary school, an auditory learning disability, & severe anxiety beginning his junior year of ...

Touching Down by Sharon O’Donnell


Yes, I know that parenthood is all about raising your children so that they are independent and can fly off on their own, ready to face the world and be successful. And of course, I want that for my kids.  Any parent would. I've been lucky that my two oldest ...

Gift Ideas for your Child’s Graduation


Whether your child is graduating Kindergarten or college, thinking of the perfect gift can seem overwhelming. However, with a little imagination and lots of sentiment, you can give your child something that they’ll always appreciate and love. Books If your graduate is from the younger set, books celebrating their youthful milestones can ...

Stepping Into the Past by Sharon O’Donnell


Walking around one's college campus thirty years after graduation prompts much reflection. I only live 20 minutes from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I've been to Chapel Hill many times for medical appointments on the edge of town, but it's been a long ...

Graduations, Holidays, & Surgeries – Oh My by Sharon O’Donnell


Holiday break came none too soon for me this year. I feel like a train pulling into the station after a long journey. When I went back to work full-time in September, I realized that it would be time-consuming and schedule-changing. I'm still glad ...

Countdown by Sharon O’Donnell


Well, the countdown is on. One more week until we take my middle son two hours away to start his freshman year at college. Where did the summer go? This past week we did get away for a vacation with our family plus one of my sisters and her ...

Gearing Up for Camp – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


Camp, you ask? Yes, camp. Sleep away camp to be exact. A couple weeks ago, my son, husband and I went to check out a camp in northern Connecticut. After viewing a variety of camps online which were farther away, my husband and I decided to look for camps a ...