Taking a new route

Most of us tend to be creatures of habit. A parking space recently became available in covered parking uptown. I started parking in a new location. This meant I was parking on a different street and needed to take a new route. Not a big deal. But for me. It was. A few mornings ago,…

The diet of independence and sharing

I have a friend who constantly reminds me about how important the small changes are to overall health. Taking a flight of stairs instead of using the escalators. For instance. Yesterday my kids were not home so I brought the groceries in alone. For a moment, I felt resentful about not having help. Then, I…

When facing your fears is not enough

We’ve all heard the phrase “Face your fears.” But what does that really mean? We must do more than stand there looking our fear in the eyes. We must step into the portal of fear, until we break through to the other side. Fear cannot exist on the other side, because the other side is…

The danger of building bridges

There are many types of bridges in life. New, old, pretty, sturdy, weak, short and long. Today I got stuck in traffic on a long bridge and felt it shaking beneath me. I wondered how quickly I’d die if the bridge collapsed. I pictured how the airbag might activate. Then I imagined big pieces of…

Hearts with fences and almost drowning

“Look mommy!” “What is it?” I exclaimed, in a high pitched, exaggerated, I’m so proud of you voice. “It’s a heart — with a fence!” he said. At first, I did feel proud, “That’s my boy,” I thought. His artwork dripping with symbolism is definitely above and beyond the pre-k status quo. Then I went…