IN OTHER WORDS | My Favorite Movie

The Departed is my kind of movie. And yes, this review is a few years overdue, but I heard “Gimme Shelter” yesterday, and now, as always when I do, scenes are stuck in my head. The soundtrack runs through my brain. (And, there are a lot of YouTube links in this post.) Favorite line ever. […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Speaking My Soul

As I talked with a friend recently, she made a personal comment about her marriage. In return, I spoke candidly about my seventeen year union. She nodded; she and her husband had hit the fifteen year mark with similar challenges. Within minutes, we had bonded on a new level. We all share life experiences and […]

IN OTHER WORDS | She Was My Friend, Then We Broke Up

How many books are written about break-ups? What about songs or movies? The end of a love affair is big business and is universal. But what about the end of a friendship? How do we break-up with a friend? Sometimes, the evolution of a friendship is organic and easy. We take the hint, phone calls […]

IN OTHER WORDS | It’s the Journey

I started my blog in 2009. I posted sporadically. My followers were friends and family. I joined no blogging communities, submitted to no other sites; I just plugged away as a creative outlet. I had no plan or even much passion. I enjoyed it, but it was back burner. Fits and starts, there were periods […]


So, I’m down with the flu. My family is taking good care of me. Today, I’m posting from Christmas past. It was 2011, our first year with Lucas. Our family puzzle was complete. Sorry I’m short on words. I’ll be back.

IN OTHER WORDS | Picture This

It has been a busy week and weekend. Memories flood me. In addition to writing, I have been culling old photos for blog posts. My writing is churning up feelings and memoriers, some good, some bittersweet. But, really, it’s all good, and it’s exhilarating. Maui 2007. My husband won a trip from T-Mobile. It was […]


I was going through my “unfinished” folder the other night, pre-writing for today’s post. I’m on a weekend away with my husband and wanted something teed up. I wrote this in October 2009, just months after I started my blog. I had no strategy, no plan, I was just writing for me. Here’s what I […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Are You Going to Eat That?

I have been fat-shamed by my parents, my grandmothers, boyfriends, colleagues, strangers, and even Weight Watcher’s Group LeadersAll of these people were wrong. At the time, I felt I wrong. I internalized their words and their looks. I believed I was ugly, unlovable, fat, and gross. Here’s the deal: No one changes because you shame […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Hello Neighbor

I moved a lot when I was a kid. Parents divorced, different neighborhoods, school changes, clumsy custody agreement, instability. When I was in 7th grade, my mom bought a house on a small one-block street. Tree-lined in that majestic, quiet way that many East Coast streets can be. Blanketed by a green ceiling, spectacular in Fall. It was rarely traveled […]

IN OTHER WORDS | “Mom, My Stomach Hurts”

Ah, the dreaded “my stomach hurts.” Monday morning, third week of school, everybody’s tired. It’s 6:30 a.m. I had already picked up my older son at school on Friday mid-day for the same reason. Stomach cramps. He rested all afternoon, then was fine over the weekend. Let me first say, I am not one of those […]