Leaving the Lights up for Día de Los Reyes

Normally, I clear out all Christmas decorations immediately after the holiday. That dry-as-bones fir tree is on the curb for recycling at the first possible opportunity; the house gets a good tidying; holiday remnants are economically boxed and stowed for next season.   Usually, I’m welcoming in the new year with nary a holiday bauble… Continue reading Leaving the Lights up for Día de Los Reyes

Getting Older and Growing Unwanted Hair

It started with this weird tickling sensation just below my nose. No amount of wiping was clearing away whatever was randomly irritating that skin. I peered into the bathroom mirror–huh, nothing there. A slight turn of head, a squint of my eyes, and a gasp. What the hell?! Growing sideways from inside my left nostril… Continue reading Getting Older and Growing Unwanted Hair

Does X Games Make Me a Cool Mom?

The photographer was desperately nonchalant as he talked with the female reporter next to him. As I worked on my laptop, one eye focused on the TV coverage scrolling at the front of the media center, it was impossible not to listen to the conversation behind me. He’d grabbed my ear earlier with chat about running… Continue reading Does X Games Make Me a Cool Mom?

Thank You, Son, for Making Me a Soccer Mom

Since February, my husband and I have been doing the “this is the last soccer game ever” tour. Our 22-year-old is wrapping up his final season as manager/coach/keeper for his university’s club team before graduating, and so this spring, we’ve traveled to watch him play. Before we started on this shared journey, I had only “played”… Continue reading Thank You, Son, for Making Me a Soccer Mom

That One Thing Needed for Success

Last week, I attended the February Women Communicators of Austin (WCA) meeting. Bethany Andell, president of Savage Brands, spoke to the group about the importance of purpose in business. If you aren’t clear on what that purpose is, the “why” of what the business does, then how do others build trust with that brand? If… Continue reading That One Thing Needed for Success

I Should Be Doing Other Things (or Life Gets in the Way)

It’s crazy these days; I’m running non-stop from one things to another, seemingly always behind. Lots of what I have to do simply takes time. Despite everything, I’m taking just a few minutes to post. It’ll make me feel refreshed, like I had some “me” time. I went to physical therapy today. That was really… Continue reading I Should Be Doing Other Things (or Life Gets in the Way)

Sign of the Hawk, Revisited

Do you believe in fate, kharma, God…some force that pushes, pulls us along a path that we are too small to see? Or is it all just fantastic coincidences that our minds turn into something else? I don’t believe that there’s a conscious force out there guiding my destiny, nor do I believe my fate… Continue reading Sign of the Hawk, Revisited