Dear Santa

Dear Santa, I’ve been really good. Really. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been an exhausting year full of good lessons and grown up moments. Now I need a year of fun. So I have a very simple list this year. I just want a mind that doesn’t worry. Smiling boy faces. Stinky dog noses. A … read on….

hanging on tight

I had back surgery in February. After almost 2 years of chronic pain I was desperate. During the surgery they found that in addition to the crowding of the nerve by a disc, there was a bone spur that had gone undetected in every MRI I’d had. An actual concrete (well, bone) issue that could help solve the … read on….

baby it’s dry outside…and in…and on my frontside and backside…

Here we go again into the cold dry months of winter. There’s no escaping it. I look in the mirror at my fly away hair that looks a constant shade of dull and my face pale and tight. The skin on my body feels shrink-wrapped with chapped hands, parched lips and wilted eyes the norm. It is not a good look for me! I know, I choose to … read on….

shopping local…start here!

we hear it all the time. – shop locally and grow small businesses while helping support our friends and neighbors talents and dreams. I know there are items you can’t find down the street (I’m sorry but I have my eye on a Garnet Hill sweater I just might have to ask Santa for) BUT there … read on….

there’s a flower in my shower

and a collection of ferns surround my toilet. yes, I’ve created a luscious Costa Rican jungle in my bathroom and it’s by far the most fabulous and luxurious spot in the house. I’m just a sucker for green. Plants, flowers, the smell of freshly cut grass….I’d take it over the peaks of foliage, pumpkins and cinnamon scents any … read on….

shop with heart

One of my earliest memories is walking through a store (Ames, perhaps? it was the 70’s in Maine!) with a $10 bill that my parents gave me to choose a gift for a girl my age whose parents couldn’t afford to buy presents for Christmas. We never had Santa growing up so I was well … read on….

give a gift that gives back

The best gift of all is helping those in need. Ideally we can all find ways to give back throughout the year but during the holidays its especially important to share our own good fortune with others. (While I don’t assume any of us have much disposable income, we are fortunate enough to be reading this … read on….

quadruple the heart

My father had a heart attack last Sunday. it was the last thing we expected. he never had heart trouble – a little indigestion on occasion – but nothing that ever would have alluded to the possibility of an actual medical emergency. he complained of indigestion and then woke my mother up when it didn’t … read on….

give yourself a break.

today i am choosing to leave myself alone. it’s not easy but we need it. we’re only human. so, stop, breathe and let your shoulders drop. it hurts nobody else. it makes everyone happier. let yourself just be you today. the world will continue on around. and you’ll be a much better part of it. … read on….