My Crazy Fears by Conlee Ricketts


I have an irrational fear of bouillon cubes, chicken stock, and heavy cream. I’m not lying—this is one of my shameful truths. It’s a crippling fear. I shy away from glorious looking recipes because I see the words “bouillon cube” or “heavy cream” in the ingredients. That’s just crazy! Right? I ...

Stumbling Through Midlife Without The Right Shoes by Melissa Swedoski


Lately I've been pondering this conundrum of midlife parenting, because not only do I have two toddler girls just beginning their journey, but I have a 72-year-old father who just started a new job. Just goes to show that whatever you think is going to happen, never happens quite that ...

Willie’s Home by Conlee Ricketts


This is an essay I wrote a few years ago. As I muddle through holidays, a sick child, bad attitudes, laughter, and chaos, I needed to post this to remind myself and others how it's the little things we do that teach our children about poverty, mental illness, and compassion ...

A Wife, Mother and Now, a Brand by Melissa Swedoski


Can you effectively juggle all the things you have going in your life? I'm not even talking about balance, because as someone recently pointed out to me, there is no such thing. When you are with your kids, your work life is out of balance. When you're at work, your ...

A friend is always there…by Meng Fong


[caption id="attachment_15464" align="alignright" width="314" caption="Peanuts Wisdom ..by Charles Schulz, 1922 - 2000"][/caption]I am in the process of coming out of hibernation. Looking for a full-time job after a 7 year sojourn into Mommy-dom will do that to you. A couple of weeks ago, I started to ping  people I knew on ...

Small Talk by Conlee Ricketts


I confess: I am socially awkward. Small talk physically hurts me. Barbeques, potlucks, staff meetings, work parties, birthday parties, it all hurts. It's a weird kind of physical pain that obviously starts in my head the minute I know I will be expected to attend any of these events. Next ...

When I’m 95 by Conlee Ricketts


 The following is a personal exercise I did during a 21 day course called Remember and Do What Matters offered by Artist, Author, and Actionista, Mary Anne Radmacher.  The exercise was for me to write a letter to myself now, from my 95 year old self.  Enjoy a private peek ...

Call Me…Maybe by Conlee Ricketts


I set my ringer to “Vintage,” turned off all my other phone alerts and went to bed. I had decided to try a day without texts, emails and social media. I announced on Facebook that if anyone needed me they would actually have to call me. I knew my “absence from ...

Peace of Mind from Good Weather Days by Melissa Swedoski


It's a funny thing about the weather. It can make you feel upbeat and cheerful when the sun is shining just right and the wind is gently blowing, and it's not too hot, not too cold. It can make you feel miserable inside and out when it's cold, wet, gray ...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Why You Such A Liar? by Melissa Swedoski


Have you ever had the distinct impression that your  mirror is lying to you? Sometimes in a kind, "You are skinnier than you realize" kind of way, and sometimes in a, "No, yellow is totally okay for your olive skin tone" kind of way. Don't get me wrong - I'm not ...