Suddenly fearful about flying: Would you book a flight on September 11?

I had to book my flight. So I finally took care of the details. I made my flight arrangements for an upcoming work retreat in California. I was so excited. I love California and whenever I “have to go,” I’m over the moon! Except this time. As I was booking my flights, that little calendar…

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Are they ready for university? Fundamental life lessons from a midlife mom

August and September mean university. College. Kids leaving the nest. I panicked, even though I had another son who had already left for university. Even though I had lots of lead time. Even though I had been through it before. Even though I thought I was prepared. While we were driving our super full mini-van on the highway…

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Family vacations, sailing adventures, hurricanes and midlife stress

Can you still be a good mom if take your family on a sailing trip with a hurricane or two? I was super excited for our family vacation this year. We would be flying to the Caribbean to board a catamaran to go sailing for a glorious week filled with fun, sun and aquatic bliss!…

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Unsurpassed boredom—when the older siblings leave for college

Leaving for college isn’t the best day in the world for everyone. The day is fast approaching. In fact, it’s the day that my youngest child has been dreading. The day that both of his older brothers leave for college and he’s left alone….with us. Actually, I think the bigger issue is that he will…

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How to Survive a Midlife Crisis | Grand Canyon Adventure

Today’s blog I’m going to outline how to survive a midlife crisis – well, how I do it…… Adventurously! It’s so interesting to talk to people about midlife. Before you know it, you hear things about reading glasses, colonoscopies, weight gain, boredom at work and empty nest syndrome. Most aren’t comfortable admitting to something called…

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The case of the missing cheese grater—and midlife memory

The mini cheese grater is missing. Midlife memory? Or something else? It’s been missing for a week now and it’s driving my husband and me crazy. This cheese grater was not kept in the kitchen. It was the cutest little green MINI grater that’s used for things like garlic and spices. Or for grating liver…

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Summer camp can be bittersweet when it’s your kid’s last year

Camp is part of our summer tradition. Or at least it has meant that for the past 10 years. So the fact that I got to go to camp last weekend felt like going home. I also got to see my youngest son, now 16 years old, as the male lead in the camp play.…

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Facebook greetings and and their surprising positive effect on your birthday

I had 154 Facebook greetings on my 52nd birthday. I have never had this many friends in my life, let alone wish me a happy birthday. Ok, ok. We all know they aren’t all the same “type” of friend.  They all haven’t gone to Knapp Elementary School. They didn’t take tap lessons with me while…

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The unusual combination of success, insecurity and being a woman

Insecurity was alive and well at a conference recently; I was surrounded by really successful women. It’s funny the way insecurity pops up in our lives. At this conference, no one looked particularly insecure. In fact, I thought everyone looked completely confident and happy. I would say they looked “normal.” Not any smarter than I…

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The long-term job—a blessing and a curse

Who knew that my long-term job could be both a blessing and a curse? I never even imagined I would be the type to have a long-term job. Seriously. It didn’t seem like something that would have my name on it. I landed my first professional job in 1989. I remember it well. I was…

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