My Top 9 Excuses for Not Being Around Much Lately (Part 2)
Thanks for joining me. If you missed part 1, click here for a quick catch up. As you may know, I have been quietly neglecting my blog for a few months and felt it was important that you understand the completely compelling reasons for my absence. I know you have lost sleep over this. [caption id="attachment_2360" align="alignnone" width="610" caption="Photo Credit: Buckingham Fountain by Kim Bauer; Copyright 2011"][/caption] Excuse #6: Chicago is “my kind of town.” At least I am trying to convince myself and my kids of that because we might have to move there since my husband has been ...
My Top 9 Excuses for Not Being around Much Lately (Part 1)
If you follow my blog with any regularity, you may have noticed I haven't been posting much over the last 4 months (okay, 6). I thought I owed you an explanation and it basically comes down to a list of excuses. Excuse #9: Nature called (as in Breckenridge) and I really needed to focus my energy on our Christmas picture with it being June and all. So, we made a pilgrimage to Colorado but instead of driving we flew because our dog died which was really, REALLY sad. [caption id="attachment_2331" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Photo Credit: Kim Bauer; 2011 All Rights Reserved"][/caption] I know ...
My Top 9 Excuses For Not Being Around Much Lately (Part 3…)
Allrighty then... I know you have been waiting for it. The characters have been developed. The plot has thickened, and here we are at the climax and conclusion of my dramatic list of excuses for neglecting my blog. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, take a moment to get up to speed. If you have been hanging on the edge of your laptop, here it is. There is even a moral to the story. I don't disappoint. Excuse #3: I got stuck in my car for 10,000 miles. Really! Summer kind of exhausted me. I was all purposeful ...
How Little We Know, How Eager to Learn—Life Lessons from Sir John Marks Templeton.
The underlying goal of my writing is to find people, places and things that are fabulous and share them through a very personal lens with my readers. I look for “take home value”…concepts, ideas or products that you can put to use immediately. Fabulous things and places are abundant. Discovering legitimately fabulous and inspiring people is like finding a needle in a haystack. I often resort to the history archives to find worthy role models. One unblemished exception, and possibly one of the greatest influences in my life has been Sir John Marks Templeton who holds a special place in contemporary ...
How to Help Teens Recognize and Tame Perfectionism
[caption id="attachment_2420" align="alignnone" width="337" caption="Photo Credit: say no to peer pressure by 13morbidmouse13-d330u3u"][/caption] The teenage mind is quite possibly one of the most complex systems on the planet. Just because we managed to survive our own teen struggles, doesn’t necessarily leave us well prepared to help our kids. Teens today face pressures we never dreamed of—college entrance exams, peer pressure from social media, lack of worthwhile role models and mentors, a sense of entitlement, schools that are not necessarily “safe”, and hints of even global instability. When my daughter recently told me that she is struggling with being “too critical of herself”, ...
A new breed of survivalists is emerging in this country. I affectionately refer to them as Suburban Survivalists. She (yes, she) is most likely a minivan driving soccer mom who spends most of her time running the household, brushing up on her survival skills by watching Bear Grylls, and practicing target shooting on the [...]
Does anyone (besides me) have a beef with the Girl Scouts? In November 2010, I started getting back in shape which of course involves exercising and eating right. Girl Scout Cookies are NOT part of the program! On top of that, it’s a recession. Have you NOTICED the global economic and political chaos? There are [...]
Anyone plugging through the routine of life realizes that finding happiness is a daily pursuit. It is a conscious choice we make to put ourselves into the right state of mind. Certain practices can get us there more quickly—like engaging your superpowers. It only takes one episode of Planet Earth to make you realize [...]
This is from my series called “Crazy Uncle Don’s Gut Busting Humor”. We all have one. A crazy relative who sends us funny emails because he doesn’t have anything better to do. Sorry, Uncle Don. But sometimes I wonder. I’m just saying… Anyway. Life really boils down to 2 Questions: 1. Should I get a [...]
On January 23, 2011, beloved Jack LaLanne passed away at the age of 96 due to respiratory failure caused by pneumonia. He died surrounded by loved ones and in his home in Morro Bay, California. He lived an exemplary life, devoted to his health and his family while inspiring countless others to get moving and [...]
I am going to tell you a true story of personal tragedy. It was one of the most valuable learning experiences of my life. I have one regret…I wish I would have understood a strange phenomenon called the normalcy bias. The formal definition is the phenomenon of disbelieving one’s situation when faced with grave and [...]
I recently stumbled upon an interview Piers Morgan was hosting with Oprah Winfrey on the opening night of his new show. I love Oprah. She gives away cars and gets down with the people, so naturally I watched. As one of the wealthiest and most generous women on the planet, it’s hard to dispute her [...]
They are buttery, chewy, and delicious. Crepes are incredibly versatile and can be used in everything from main dishes to deserts. They are (really) easy to make and almost foolproof. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one food, it would be a tough choice between a sushi and crepes. [...]
It took me years to finally accept that life sometimes just ain’t fair. But I draw the line when you mess with my sign. Have you heard the news? A lot of us have been living a big fat astrological lie according to recent headlines. It turns out that a significant percentage of the population [...]
Around my house, I often hear things like this… “Mom, I can’t find my tennis shoes.” “You can’t or you don’t want too?” I reply. Even if you don’t know my kid, you know the answer to this question. He didn’t want to. For the record, this is a kid who can upgrade his computer [...]