On the anniversary: A letter to myself on my wedding day all those years ago. It's not gonna work out, but you will be okay.

To my younger to-be-divorced-one-day-self on your wedding day

Dear Carolyn-bride, You didn’t know me all those years ago at 22—but you would have known I would be coming one day. I’ve been thinking a lot about you. This is a momentous anniversary of something now gone, and so I’ve been thinking about you more than usual in the last couple of days. Today …

Necessary losses

We know, as parents, from the moment we give birth to a child, that this precious being is only entrusted to us for a time. I knew one day that my child would leave.  I knew that in my head…but didn’t ever think about facing the reality with my heart. We raise our children with …

Life Lessons from Hot Yoga

I’m trying hot yoga these days. It was a Groupon, and when it popped into my inbox on a very cold early winter day, it seemed like it was a good idea. Notice the past tense. Hot yoga is hard. Oh, it’s hot, all right. On days when it seems minus a bazillion degrees with …

Lessons from a Bathtub Drain

I took a shower today, and with immense satisfaction noted that immediately after I turned the water off, the tub was glisteningly empty. Normally, that’s not something that most people take great pride in. But I have reason to be proud. I have long hair. (These next couple of paragraphs may not be for the …

So Low that Down is Up

In an odd sort of way, this day I look forward to annually…December 21st.  I’ve blogged about it before…here in 2008, here in 2009, here in 2010, and here in 2011. It’s the day that is the symbol for me of relief…when something has reached it’s extreme and after that it can only get better Because …

Bloomin’Espy!

Espy got her first flower and is well on her way to the second! I walked into the office on Monday morning, and there Melanie, Nadia and Roshonna were by the desk talking.  When I walked in the room, they quickly pointed to Espy… And.  My. Jaw. Dropped. First…her bloom came quicker than I had …

Espy…growing, growing, and yup, growing some more

Espy is knocking our socks off.  I realize she isn’t the first amaryllis to grow in the manner she has, but she’s ours, and she’s the one we watch…and she’s amazing. She grew from 41.6 last week to a stunning 59.5 cm in 7 days. Thats about 18 cm in a week. More than 2.5 …