Why Mondays matter

Earlier in my nine-year-old daughter’s school career, I asked her how her day was, but I wasn’t prepared for the answer. “It’s Monday, and Mondays aren’t good,” she said, adding that her teacher reminded the class every Monday that Mondays are lousy. I was speechless, stunned that someone brainwashed her about Mondays. “Any day that we have with those we… Read more →

Movement is progress

I’m running a 5K next Sunday and I’m not prepared. In fact, I’m walking out the door in 23 minutes to run two miles just to prove to myself that I can do that 3.1-mile race. Spring is five days away and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate today than to take in the fresh air and… Read more →

Gratitude is powerful

Being appreciated without expectation is refreshing. My nine-year-old woke up in the middle of the night Wednesday with the stomach flu. She got sick 10 or more times during a 24-hour period. Three throw-up bowls were in the rotation because I couldn’t clean them fast enough. In the midst of it, she walked to the kitchen sink, where I was washing two… Read more →

What saying ‘I love you’ says about Us

I love you. These three words are powerful beyond measure. They can transform lives, reinforce commitment, and even show discontent. The initial exchange of “I love you” between a boy and girl cements their relationship. It’s an instant, can’t-help-it life glitter moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life. As months and years pass, “I love you” can feel… Read more →

5 reasons to send people glitter

The concept of shipping glitter to your enemies surfaced recently, and it was a brilliant idea. Orders at the short-lived ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com were quickly suspended after its unexpected popularity. It specialized in “shipping glitter to enemies you hate” in envelopes with carefully placed notes explaining the occasion. Your enemies and your friends do need glitter. I need glitter. We need glitter in the… Read more →

Remember to breathe, even if it’s all you can do

We breathe all day, every day. During moments of frustration or sadness, though, I’ve caught myself holding my breath. Here’s a friendly reminder, to you and to me: Breathe. When we’re in the midst of preparing for the holidays and something seems overwhelming, take a deep breath – breathe in for five seconds and breathe out for five seconds. Breathe in, breathe out.… Read more →