How to Road Trip With Dogs and Cats

I’m no dog whisperer. And I’m certainly not a cat queen. But I learned a thing or two this summer that I hadn’t set out to master. And that was how to drive across the country with two dogs and a cat. As many of you know, we moved from San Diego to Terre Haute […]

Monday Musings ~ September 26

Happy Monday! Not to sound like a cliché, but how is it the last week of September?! 1. Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America, mainly because of the corner of downtown Terre Haute where the nation’s first major north-south and east-west highways intersect. At this historic spot, there are several plaques on the […]

On Mental Illness, “Bates Motel” and a Culture of Violence

This summer I had the pleasure of binge-watching “Bates Motel.” For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it’s essentially a backstory of the relationship between the famous mother and son Norma an Norman Bates of “Psycho” fame. I LOVED this show! The rich storytelling and complicated characters drew me in and hasn’t let go […]

Monday Musings ~ September 12

Happy Monday! 1. The Sycamore Farm barn photo was taken down the street from my house. It reminds me of the children’s board book, The Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown, which I used to read to Sophie when she was little. She loved that book (still does) and we always had fun trying […]

Remembering September 11 ~ 15 Years Later

Every year on September 11, I take time to consciously remember what happened on the day that changed America forever. Here is my account of that day, part of which I originally wrote on September 11, 2010. It seemed like any ordinary day. Nothing was different. No phone calls to our condo. The alarm went […]

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Well, here we are again. Another school year has started and first day photos taken. We’re off to the races for another year of school. Technically, we’ve been racing for the last four weeks since Sophie started third grade at her new school in Indiana on August 9. Yep, August 9! It felt strange and […]