Just a Few Things to Give You a Lift

Just a Few Things to Give You a Lift

“Lawnchair Larry” Walters flew 16,000 feet above Los Angeles in 1982, thanks to 45 helium balloons. What a lift! We’ve had our first day over 50 degrees up here in the Colorado Rockies, so it’s really starting to feel like spring. I enjoy winters and cozy...
Hope Helps

Hope Helps

Having hope – either as a personality trait or about specific things in the moment – has benefits for our mental and physical health: An optimistic outlook reduces your risk of heart attack because the opposite outlook – being stressed, especially for long periods of...
Let’s be like the Tabonuco

Let’s be like the Tabonuco

When I was a little girl living on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan, we used to get these crazy typhoons. There was a grassy quad in front of our house, and I remember seeing the trees bending almost sideways, whipped by the rain and wind. Trees that fare worst in...
It’s Almost as Good as Being There

It’s Almost as Good as Being There

Our son, Max, is moving from Colorado to Oregon tomorrow. It will be the first time in 25 years that he’s lived more than an hour and a half away from home. Now both our kids will live in other time zones; our daughter, Sarah, lives a thousand miles in the other...
My Role Model is a Weeble

My Role Model is a Weeble

A world distorted: Print Gallery by M.C. Escher, 1956 If you’ve ever received life-changing news, you know how disorienting it is. One minute the world is familiar and the next it isn’t. It might look the same but it feels — or at least you feel — different.  Forever...
Announcing the “So Now What?” Newsletter

Announcing the “So Now What?” Newsletter

This story starts almost three years ago, in May 2018, when cancer interrupted my life. I’ll tell you the whole story someday, but for now I just want you to know that if you have felt blindsided, shocked, overwhelmed and extremely vulnerable, I feel you. It’s hard!...