Category Archives: Home Life

Roaming through Rome

I have the recent good fortune and good health to travel with my hubby to Firenze (Florence), Italy and with our family to Roma (Rome), Italy over the last few weeks.  Florence is a city that’s been on my “bucket list” for years.  To visit both cities within 3 weeks provides an excellent perspective for… Read More »

Paris et Versailles dans le printemps

Our last full day in Paris:  Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 After sleeping in a bit, Robert, Katrina, and Alexander took the train to Versailles.  Since I had visited Versailles with Robert 20 years ago, I didn’t feel the need to go again (how much does the history change, after all?).    Through the magic of… Read More »

Paris in the Springtime, part I

We are all about creating positive memories with and for our kids.  While we´ve tried to be intentional with this all along, the urgency has increased since my close call with the long dirt nap in October, 2007.  Now, living with polycythemia vera and Behcet´s disease, I am reminded every day that each healthy moment is a gift that… Read More »

Looking for the Bright Side of Life’s Challenges

This time of year has always caused more angst than joy for me. More obligations in work, family, and social aspects of life in a compressed time period (not to mention when the nights are longer — less daylight) would tip me into the “winter blues.” This Christmas season, living with Polycythemia Vera ( and… Read More »

Middle School Rollercoasters

Living with middle schoolers is like riding a roller coaster. Here’s why: 1. You know the ups and downs are coming, but they still manage to upset your stomach.2. If you don’t strap youself in, you’ll be in for emotional bumps and bruises.3. You feel like raising your hands in the air and screaming out… Read More »

Define "Homework"

I obviously neglected to read the entire parenting syllabus before my kids became teenagers. In fact, the older they became, the more lax I was in reading up on all their developmental milestones. I didn’t start out that way. I read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Your Pregnancy Week by Week” from cover… Read More »

Campaign Fatigue Already?

Great TV choices today… the sitcom re-runs and political pundits rehashing campaign soundbites. Switch the channel and we must listen to all the well-scripted political sound bites intended to distract the “average American” from the real issues of today: jobs at living wages, health care, adequate housing, violence against women and children, and economic development.… Read More »

May flowers bring more than Pilgrims…

The kids are not allowed to post a countdown to the last day of school, but many parents are doing the counting for them (yes, that would be me!). Year end projects and final exams coupled with Spring Fever make an exhausting combination. Then toss in the end of baseball season, ballet/jazz rehearsals and performances,… Read More »

When is a Crepe a Crepe?

The school year… It’s 10:30 p.m. and I’m making crepes for my daughter’s French class. “We can’t buy them, mom — they’re SUPPOSED to be homemade!” Well now the pressure is on. I make great pancakes the old fashioned way — add some water to a bisquick container, shake, and pour. Crepes are not as… Read More »