Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our Nest is Empty: I'm NOT Naked or Afraid!

There's a T.V. show on cable that's called “Naked and Afraid and I've never understood the fascination with walking around doing every day duties while naked. And, if they're not afraid of being naked then what are they afraid of? I believe their fear comes from being able to survive the wilderness while completely naked and vulnerable to their surroundings. 

No thanks! I’ll take a parka and thigh-high mukluks please.

Sitting bare-butt on a patch of dirt and twigs while creepy crawlies wander around burrowing into any crevice would definitely make me naked and afraid. So, it’s safe to say I wouldn’t put myself in that vulnerable spot of being naked and afraid in the first place.

How does this relate to my survival in the “wilderness of motherhood” and the onset of an empty nest?

That’s right...the kids are gone, now what will I do?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Savoring the Minnesota Summer Days!

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” 

Town Gazebo at Marine on St. Croix, MN

I'll be taking some time to find and appreciate the peace and joy that is offered in this great country. So, I've decided to put my blog writing on a summer hiatus to discover new places, ventures and opportunities. Hoping to return refreshed and rejuvenated with new stories of laughter, inspiration and ideas to share.

All it takes is a slice of the little things that sometimes go unnoticed to lift our spirits.  Like a quaint town on the river that's a throw back to simpler times, Marine on St. Croix, MN.

Marine on St. Croix, MN

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Square Of Chocolate Lists the Unexpected Most Popular Posts

After 170 published blog posts and nearly 86,000 page views packed into this journey of 2 1/2 years, I thought it would be fun to share the Top 10 most popular posts of all time as of today's date. Can't say any of these went viral (or urinal as my mom would say...but, that's a different silly story). 

I'm just happy to have reached some treasured readers along the way.

In countdown fashion, we’ll start with number 10 then reveal the NUMBER 1 most popular. Each title has a link to the original story. Click it to read more.

Here we go.... 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Mouseketeer Shows Up for Dinner!

If it hadn't been for a well-placed coffee table, my surprise dinner guest would have turned my kitchen into a Disney amusement park and tapped danced through every nook and cranny of my home. 

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

In fact, this dinner guest wasn't interested in the dinner menu or enjoying small talk over a glass of wine. 

Not at all. 

To make sense of this story, we have to back up to where it all started at a bank parking lot. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Audition Confessions From: Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities

Just thinking about the word audition can cause a tight throat and a whirling mind. So, why would I decide to put myself through another audition experience?

Where were my thoughts, what was my heart searching for, who am I trying to be? I can't explain it, but something in my gut was telling me to audition for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER."  They were looking for writers, mothers, and storytellers to share and read their unique motherhood story. What’s the worst that could happen? It might turn into a meaningful experience.

I’ve only had a handful of auditions in my short-lived turn on the theatrical stage. It started as a bold challenge in midlife to get out of my comfort zone and fulfill a lifelong acting dream. (Read about that first time here).

You might have guessed that I’m not a seasoned thespian, not an experienced public speaker, or even a remotely good curtain holder...in fact; doing any of these makes my tummy twist. 

It's true; I'm still plagued by that stage curtain fiasco. But, that’s another story. 

So why do it? 

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