How Dare He.

How Dare He.

I’ll be clear. For approximately 22.2 years I’ve been planning to write a book. (You, too?)   Now in my 40-something, fabulous, post-transformation healthier place, I’m endeavoring to bring that dream to life. It’s going to be great. I quit not-one-but-two fairly big jobs. (Ok, one was bigger than the other.) And now I humbly devote myself to balancing my time to consulting (read: earning), family nurturing (delighting), and my passion (writing the funny and poignant memoir). I write and outline and blog and network and discover and connect. So what’s the problem, you ask? Well.  Get this. Fabulous Husband has a new assignment from his John Townsend leadership coaching program to write … (wait for it)….. an autobiography. He sits down to his...

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A Husband’s Inside Joke

SUNDAY 6PM. We pull into the driveway with two over-tired kids. Riley played in this weekend’s volleyball tournament with her whole heart and she rose to a whole new level of skill.  Eighth grade, right?  She’s growing powerful right before our eyes. We emptied the giant vehicle “Frank” and I poured a sleeping Jack onto the couch.  We love our home in a million ways.  It’s the home for our hearts and our life’s work.  Sweet home. In that moment, my husband sees opportunity.  Like a boy with an idea, he insisted that I steal this time to sit and write.  Riley’s busy, Jack’s snoozing, and Steve’s intention — that would not be ignored — was that he would light a fire and sit me down with all the peace and quiet and let me...

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Friday’s Word: TRIANGULATE!

Friday’s Word: TRIANGULATE!

Seth Godin used it today and I knew right away I had to start a new game: The Friday Word.  (i do so love to be unexpected.) TRIANGULATING IS EVERYWHERE. Satellites triangulate global positioning and tell us which streets will get us where we want to go. Google triangulates web traffic and our clicking and also tells us where we want to go.  (ha!) The military uses triangulation to aim missiles at the right target. 6th Century Greeks used triangles to estimate the height of the pyramids and scientists use triangulation to measure the size of the earth.   Proving your point through triangulation adds credibility to an argument or a fabulously complex statement of fact.  Triangles are strong. Triangulation is also an offensive strategy in the game of...

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Commands Equal Love

Commands Equal Love

We leave for our seven day trip to Portland Oregon to visit Erik’s school and see two Multnomah Lions basketball games!  Since I’m outnumbered without Steve, we begin with a reminder of the instructions that are important for a six year old to hear regularly. Stay close. We’ll be in crowded places and sometimes having to move quickly to meet our departures. Most importantly, never leave a room without me. Don’t walk through a door unless I am at your side. Ask me before you dash off to see something that’s caught your eye. I love you and want to keep you protected and near. As I speak these commands to my precious Jack, and hope they bounce off my 13 year old extra-wise Riley, I know that they are the same commands our Creator gives to...

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Remote Diving Is So An Olympic Sport

Remote Diving Is So An Olympic Sport

Media mania returned to our house this Christmas season.  With the return of the Even-Taller College Sophomore Erik, the span of our kids’ ages seemed to expand again to the far edges – making the official suggestion of Parental Guidance all but impossible. Modern Family makes us laugh but it’s SO not appropriate for 6 year old Jack, and the obsessive viewing of Season 1 episodes becomes way too immersive for our magnificently impressionable 13 year old Riley.  It seems she’s as much impressed by our laughter than her own understanding of the show. (Yes, it’s true we laughed hysterically… once or twice.) It’s so crazy, that we laugh spontaneously and then look at each other, look around the room and see them smiling at our laughter. Then they...

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