Archive for November, 2013

Insults and Compliments by Sharon O’Donnell


As a woman gets older, thoughtless comments and insults (unintended or intended) can often have an impact on her self-esteem. OK, let's stop writing in the third person here; it can often impact my self-esteem. 51 can be a precarious age, and it ...

GUEST BLOG POST: 10 Ways to Become Comfortable with Chaos by Renee Peterson Trudeau


Last week I gathered with a small group of friends in my home. They shared they’ve been feeling a sense of sadness—almost a mourning—that the world as we know it is gone. It feels as if we’re headed into a brave, new frontier and are literally creating the tools for navigating this ...

Happy Thanksgivukkah! – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will converge, marking the first joint celebration of the two holidays aptly named Thanksgivukkah. This year Thanksgiving Day will mark the first day of Hanukkah – the eight-day festival that celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple ...

Remembering the Spirit of Thankfulness by Melissa Swedoski


It's easy sometimes to forget the little things, that's a given. We get hurried and rushed around and forget to be grateful for simple things like running water, hot water, clean water. Or things like picking up a gallon of milk just because we want to, not because it's our ...

What Was She Thinking? by Conlee Ricketts


I enjoy finding the silver linings. You might call me a cautious optimist, but as I write this I am fully expecting to be here in Columbus missing Thanksgiving with my father, brother, his wife, one of my nieces and her husband. I had planned on being there for the ...

All About the Dad by Margaret Hart


This week it's all about the Dad.  A Dad who is making a change in his professional career, and moving on to bigger and better things, as is often said when one makes a positive career change. For my son, it's more about a Dad who, as a result of ...

FAMILY SHOW: FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW: Review by Gina Schlagel


As a child of the ‘80s and former music industry employee, I’ve been lucky enough to have seen and heard more concerts and shows than I can remember – from Aerosmith and Metallica to Madonna and Michael Jackson (OK, I know I’m dating myself here but I’m trying to make ...

The Monster That Isn’t In the Closet by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


This week a monster has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison for the horrific murder last year of a 10 year-old girl in my town. He himself is a teenager, and that is another sad, sad part of the story.  The teenager, who completely admitted ...

November Newsletter Giveaway: Eye-Hole Adjustable Eyeglasses Necklace


[gravityform id="30" name="November Newsletter Giveaway - Eye-Hole Adjustable Eyeglass Necklaces" title="false" ajax="true"]

MOMMY & ME OUTING: Chris Daughtry Performance


What a cool opportunity this week to hear up close 'n personal and meet Chris Daughtry and his band (very warm/friendly), as they announced the release of their new CD called Baptized. I've long been a fan of his...since he was an American Idol contestant....and my son loves him as ...