• woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand
    Parenting,  Self care,  Thinking

    Happy Other Days

    It was the second Sunday in May, a lifetime ago. I had developed solid relationships with many of the women in the locked facility so, standing in front of the entire patient community, I sensed the need. And, as was the habit of most women in mandatory addiction treatment, they were prepared for disappointment. “Good morning ladies. Before we start, I need to get something off my chest.” I rarely addressed the group this way. I had their attention. “I have concluded that, despite any evidence…

  • selective focus photography of brown djembe instrument
    Happiness,  Parenting

    Family Members Drumming

    This video of family members spontaneously drumming makes me ridiculously happy. I don’t know if it’s the actual drumming, the spontaneity… maybe it’s just that fact that I remembered to use the phone’s video feature for a change… but it makes me laugh out loud, every time I see it. It was insanely hot but why wouldn’t it be? It was summertime and we were visiting a theme park in Florida. It’s a family activity that gives a whole new meaning to the word “hot.” But,…

  • brown and white short coated dog biting white and blue ball
    Happiness,  Parenting,  Special Topics

    Big, Tacky Gifts

    One of my guilty pleasures is giving big, tacky gifts to the pre-schoolers in my life.  I’m not talking about the latest, greatest Black Friday Cyber Monday “must have.” I’m also not talking about a ton of money. To get really big and really tacky? It’s time to think outside the box. Of course it helps if that box is huge — either a decorated furniture box or a plastic storage bin, preferably in a fluorescent color, never to be found in nature. [Tweet “I love…