Self-Care: Allow Space for What You Want

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) This has been the hardest one for me. (OK, second hardest. Fun is the hardest.) For a long time what I wanted — what I needed — didn’t matter. … [Read more]

Self-Care: Create deliberate daily rituals

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) I love rituals! Love! Love! Love! I love to create them. I love to tweak the ones I've already established. My favorite way to end one ritual is with … [Read more]

Hail, Poetry!

“For what, we ask, is life without a touch of poetry in it? Hail Poetry!” (from the Pirates of Penzance, sung sentimentally by the Pirate King, and then everyone joins in. As they should.) Today is the day to sing with pirates and poets. Today … [Read more]

Self-Care: Address Your Adrenaline Addiction

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) Dear Valorie Burton, author of "How Did I Get So Busy?" Huh? You obviously don't know me. I had to look up the definition of adrenaline … [Read more]

Self-Care: Get good exercise, preferably standing up

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) My favorite exercise, which I only do once a week, is performed while sitting down. It’s climbing on my bicycle and taking off down a one-lane … [Read more]

Self-Care: Eat good food, preferably sitting down

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) I owe—entirely—the fact that I’m cooking again at all, to Kristin Schell. When the stress got bad, I didn’t eat dinner for more than a year. After … [Read more]

Self-Care: Have fun at least once a week

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Join us?) Whoa. That’s a tall order. I mean, fun? Fun? FUN! Whew. I’m already exhausted thinking about self-care at that level. The best I can come up with … [Read more]

Self-Care: Work to live, don’t live to work

(I am writing along with Laura Lynn Brown's summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Please read her post here.) As a general rule I don’t get writer’s block. My work at a monthly magazine doesn’t allow that. But in May, I could not get … [Read more]

Self Care: Make a heart-to-heart connection daily

(I am joining Laura Lynn Brown at MakesYouMom.com in her summer blogging project about self-care, a topic about which I have much to say---possibly too much. Please read her post here.) During this prolonged season, I lost touch with many of my … [Read more]

Self-Care: Hurrying up is slowing you down

(I'm participating in Laura Lynn Brown's Self-Care summer blogging project at MakesYouMom.com. Please read her post here.)   Today one of my boot camp friends (the exercise class---not the military) showed up at yoga. At the end of class, … [Read more]