Get a grip: a painful lesson on when to hold on

The outside temperature had cooled from volcanic rim to a more comfortable Amazonian jungle as I embarked on a walk around the block with Her Royal Highness, my dog. Within seconds of exiting the house, the soles of my flip-flops were slick from the trapped humidity. Still, it was a beautiful day for a walk and … Continue reading Get a grip: a painful lesson on when to hold on

A birthday wish for my son

Cake crumbs still spotted the table and chairs, remnants from his brother's birthday party when LT first began asking if it was now time to plan his celebration, an event that wouldn't take place for several months. Each time he asked, he announced loudly and repeatedly that he was done being three and ready to … Continue reading A birthday wish for my son

Unexpected summer surprises

I barely recognized the boy who walked through my door. It was my eldest son returning from yet another outing with a set of his grandparents, an event that has become so commonplace over this summer break that it barely makes sense to unpack his bag. His hair was now more white than yellow and … Continue reading Unexpected summer surprises

Megan Cyrulewski on Dancing in Puddles

A few weeks ago I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I looked to see who other the nominees were. I was not surprised to see that one of these was Megan Cyrulewski. Since her blog launched, Megan has routinely supported authors by featuring numerous author interviews on her site. I was … Continue reading Megan Cyrulewski on Dancing in Puddles

Staying positive is tough, but I’ve always liked a challenge

My husband and I visited several parts of Australia for our honeymoon. While there we were entertained to learn that there was an entire news program dedicated to Happy News. The other programs were following the pattern of increasing the scare factor in order to generate ratings, but this program had decided that they were going … Continue reading Staying positive is tough, but I’ve always liked a challenge