Soul

The other night, my very precocious 6 year old rolled over and said ... "Mommy, where is Great Grandma?" My grandmother died over the summer in 2018 and we've talked a little about death since then. So, I reminded him that we'd talked about Great Grandma being in heaven. We talked a little about who … Continue reading Soul

Father’s Day, 2020

Father's Day is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday in June and was started in the early 1900s in various areas of the US, mostly by children who sought to honor their single fathers and make sure that both Father's and Mother's have a special day just for them. While Mother's Day … Continue reading Father’s Day, 2020

Fathers and Sons, Mothers and Daughters

In this time of COVID-19, I’ve had the chance to watch new shows on Netflix and rewatch favorites I’ve already watched. One such series that I spent time rewatching recently was Game of Thrones (GOT). Much of the hype around GOT happened while I was busy juggling motherhood and a busy law practice, so I … Continue reading Fathers and Sons, Mothers and Daughters

Junior Achievement

From JuniorAchievement.org, the role of the Junior Achievement program is as follows: "JA's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurshipand financial literacy skills,and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential." On May 13, 2019, my husband and I led our son's kindergarten class in the set of lessons entitled "Ourselves" designed … Continue reading Junior Achievement

On the Night Before School Starts, 2019

My boys go back to school tomorrow, returning to the same elementary school they attended last school year. My eldest, he's 6, is in first grade. He will be, for the first time, in a gifted classroom. My younger son, he's 4, returns as a role model in the LEAP classroom at the same elementary … Continue reading On the Night Before School Starts, 2019

Dealing with Prejudice/Racism PART I

I know this blog is about my experiences as a woman living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, but I need to take a small break and talk about prejudice and racism. As most of you know, I'm a WASP. I'm originally from the Midwest but I am a White Anglo Saxon Protestant. I'm married … Continue reading Dealing with Prejudice/Racism PART I

Memory Boxes (originally published in Wildfire Magazine)

If you don't already subscribe to Wildfire Magazine, go sign up now!!  It's amazing and you will get content from a wide variety of talented men and women. When my boys were placed in my arms after the planned (Liam in 2013) and emergency c-sections (Malcolm in 2015) my heart swelled and grew.  I had … Continue reading Memory Boxes (originally published in Wildfire Magazine)

How to be an Ally

When I met my now husband, Elliot, in 2006, I'd never dated anyone who wasn't as lily-white as me.  In fact, the area where I went to high school in Ohio was so homogeneous, that going to UCF (That's the University of Central Florida for those of you not familiar with the Knights) for college … Continue reading How to be an Ally

Mother’s Day 2019

May, 2019 is the third Mother's Day I will celebrate with cancer. It's only the second Mother's Day I will celebrate since knowing that I was de novo metastatic (meaning from the beginning) since it took a few months to figure that out after the initial bombshell in March, 2017. Every holiday since cancer, especially … Continue reading Mother’s Day 2019

An open letter to my youngest on his 4th birthday

M, when you came into the world, it wasn't as I'd planned.  Yes, I'm a planner, and I so wanted your birth to be idyllic and empowering and lovely and calm.  You had other plans.  After 26 hours of labor (with quite a few unmedicated hours of back labor because you decided to turn around) … Continue reading An open letter to my youngest on his 4th birthday