It’s Not Personal

I could see the numbers climbing and feel my anxiety pulse like someone was taking my blood pressure. Two hundred and seventy-five developmentally disabled people and their hundred plus caregivers are a lot of folks to be responsible for.  What if someone has a seizure on the dance floor or trips the fire alarm?  Or far worse–what if someone intent on doing something horrible shows up? The list of what-if’s is as long as the guest list for Prom. I know I wouldn’t be doing my job well if I […]

I could see the numbers climbing and feel my anxiety pulse like someone was taking my blood pressure. Two hundred and seventy-five developmentally disabled people and their hundred plus caregivers are a lot of folks to be responsible for.  What if someone has a seizure on the dance floor or trips the fire alarm?  Or far worse–what if someone intent on doing something horrible shows up? The list of what-if’s is as long as the guest list for Prom. I know I wouldn’t be doing my job well if I [...]Keep reading...

20/80

The appointment card sat on my desk for three months. Over those months various penny finds would sit next to it.  Each one had a story I kept meaning to write but couldn’t take past the idea stage.  I’d jot some notes but the page would stare back at me just like that card.  Fatigue is to blame for the writer’s block.  The demands of carrying for my aging mother while helping my kid’s transition into adult life are taking their toll. I could have moved the card. Put it […]

The appointment card sat on my desk for three months. Over those months various penny finds would sit next to it.  Each one had a story I kept meaning to write but couldn’t take past the idea stage.  I’d jot some notes but the page would stare back at me just like that card.  Fatigue is to blame for the writer’s block.  The demands of carrying for my aging mother while helping my kid’s transition into adult life are taking their toll. I could have moved the card. Put it [...]Keep reading...

Bunny Mamas

I was headed home after golf when my friend Bubba stopped me to say hello. Bubba, as his name would suggest, is one of the most gregarious men I know. He could have a funny or heartfelt conversation with a total stranger at a funeral home. His humor and kindness stretch that far. “How are the boys?” he asks. “Oh they’re fine.  Finishing up second semester,” I say with a sigh. “Was it a tough one?” “Oh yeah.” “What you’ve done with those boys is amazing Kären.” “I don’t know […]

I was headed home after golf when my friend Bubba stopped me to say hello. Bubba, as his name would suggest, is one of the most gregarious men I know. He could have a funny or heartfelt conversation with a total stranger at a funeral home. His humor and kindness stretch that far. “How are the boys?” he asks. “Oh they’re fine.  Finishing up second semester,” I say with a sigh. “Was it a tough one?” “Oh yeah.” “What you’ve done with those boys is amazing Kären.” “I don’t know [...]Keep reading...

I Feel Pretty

I found my dress. Four words every woman, on the planet, understands the significance of.  Between formals, galas, weddings, and cocktail parties it’s the equivalent of searching for gold. In your head you know what it looks like, but you can’t describe it until you’ve found it and then Eureka! Dress perfection you know is going to rock your fashion world.  This, dare I say, is a universal experience for women the origins of which would take too many pages to describe. Fairy tales with princess stories probably have something […]

I found my dress. Four words every woman, on the planet, understands the significance of.  Between formals, galas, weddings, and cocktail parties it’s the equivalent of searching for gold. In your head you know what it looks like, but you can’t describe it until you’ve found it and then Eureka! Dress perfection you know is going to rock your fashion world.  This, dare I say, is a universal experience for women the origins of which would take too many pages to describe. Fairy tales with princess stories probably have something [...]Keep reading...

Do You Want to Be Well?

It’s become a mantra between us and when my oldest came home from working out at the crack of dawn I knew before I said it what his response would be.  Still, I went ahead and gave him his props. “Good for you for working-out before class bud.” “Well you know, you got to do what you got to do,” he said.                                                                     I laughed, like I always do, at his now standard response to a motherly dose of affirmation. I was standing in the kitchen staring at the shot […]

It’s become a mantra between us and when my oldest came home from working out at the crack of dawn I knew before I said it what his response would be.  Still, I went ahead and gave him his props. “Good for you for working-out before class bud.” “Well you know, you got to do what you got to do,” he said.                                                                     I laughed, like I always do, at his now standard response to a motherly dose of affirmation. I was standing in the kitchen staring at the shot [...]Keep reading...

Aisle 3

It was the morning after and with only about an hour’s sleep I needed espresso.  I stopped at the supermarket to get a Starbucks before heading to my Mom’s.  I looked like a shell of myself.  When I was ordering someone brushed past me in the line.  It was a slim man with a baseball cap and for a minute I thought it was my brother.  It would be just like him to give me a shoulder check when he walked by. I did a double take and watched him […]

It was the morning after and with only about an hour’s sleep I needed espresso.  I stopped at the supermarket to get a Starbucks before heading to my Mom’s.  I looked like a shell of myself.  When I was ordering someone brushed past me in the line.  It was a slim man with a baseball cap and for a minute I thought it was my brother.  It would be just like him to give me a shoulder check when he walked by. I did a double take and watched him [...]Keep reading...

Leaf Golf

Coming from my car I could see him at the practice green chipping the ball from the rough. I’d never seen my brother golf before and it was obvious he had some skills.  This wasn’t a complete surprise.  Craig was passionate about golf but after having recently spent ten days in the ICU I thought he might struggle a little. He wasn’t in the best of health. Diabetes and a long struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle had taken its toll on his body but not hurt his game.  One […]

Coming from my car I could see him at the practice green chipping the ball from the rough. I’d never seen my brother golf before and it was obvious he had some skills.  This wasn’t a complete surprise.  Craig was passionate about golf but after having recently spent ten days in the ICU I thought he might struggle a little. He wasn’t in the best of health. Diabetes and a long struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle had taken its toll on his body but not hurt his game.  One [...]Keep reading...

Not Yet

The weather had finally cooled off enough to wear boots and it’d been a month since my surgery.  Standing in my closet I decided it was time to give it a try so I put on a pair of jeans and slid my boots on.  For half of church we’re standing so thirty minutes sitting didn’t seem like an eternity. That was until about ten minutes into the sermon, which much to my dismay was about healing—specifically believing God has the power to heal.  Not exactly what I wanted to […]

The weather had finally cooled off enough to wear boots and it’d been a month since my surgery.  Standing in my closet I decided it was time to give it a try so I put on a pair of jeans and slid my boots on.  For half of church we’re standing so thirty minutes sitting didn’t seem like an eternity. That was until about ten minutes into the sermon, which much to my dismay was about healing—specifically believing God has the power to heal.  Not exactly what I wanted to [...]Keep reading...

Commando

I woke up with the number 8 screaming through my body. Oh man, I thought I’m not going to make it to yoga. Not when I’m an eight. So, I told myself don’t go—stay in bed and ease into the day another way. Buddy was up though and anxiously pawing at me. Let’s get the party started he insisted. Knowing he’d eventually wear me down I gingerly made my way to the kitchen. On the counter were the three pennies I’d found the day before. Three I thought—let’s make that […]

I woke up with the number 8 screaming through my body. Oh man, I thought I’m not going to make it to yoga. Not when I’m an eight. So, I told myself don’t go—stay in bed and ease into the day another way. Buddy was up though and anxiously pawing at me. Let’s get the party started he insisted. Knowing he’d eventually wear me down I gingerly made my way to the kitchen. On the counter were the three pennies I’d found the day before. Three I thought—let’s make that [...]Keep reading...

Quacked

“Hello, this is going to sound silly but I’m calling about a couple ducks with injured legs.” The young man answering the phone laughed. “This is the Department of Wildlife ma’am it doesn’t sound silly.” “Oh good, well these ducks were born in my yard and moved to the ponds behind my house. They’re eight weeks old and something’s happened to two of them. They’re struggling to keep up with the rest of their family and I’m worried.” “Can you capture them?” he asked. “Probably not.” “You can’t get close […]

“Hello, this is going to sound silly but I’m calling about a couple ducks with injured legs.” The young man answering the phone laughed. “This is the Department of Wildlife ma’am it doesn’t sound silly.” “Oh good, well these ducks were born in my yard and moved to the ponds behind my house. They’re eight weeks old and something’s happened to two of them. They’re struggling to keep up with the rest of their family and I’m worried.” “Can you capture them?” he asked. “Probably not.” “You can’t get close [...]Keep reading...
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