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 ...
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 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 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”, ...
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 ...
Hello God, I was admittedly a little distracted in church today. What’s up with the standing room only, lately? Was there a recent population boom? Or, are the enormous crowds merely a sign that during hard times, more of us are seeking divine intervention? Anyway, I am grateful for this opportunity for a little one [...]
It’s ironic. It’s only the beginning of the second week in January, and a post about following up on New Year’s resolutions almost seems irrelevant (at least according to the search engines). But here’s how I see it… achieving goals isn’t a one-time declaration. It’s an ongoing process of reminding yourself of your priorities, measuring [...]
Let’s face it ladies…we want to get fit, look great, and feel good, but when push comes to shove, our dreams and intentions of getting there often get stuck at the bottom of the pile. 2011 is the year to ditch the guilt, abandon the excuses and make your own fitness routine a priority. [...]
I sit at my dining room table, writing furiously after an unintended absence last week. I am glad to be back and looking forward to slamming the door on 2010. To kick off the year, I feel compelled to document an event that has evolved into a requisite part of my life…the annual visit from [...]
Times are tight. I don’t know anyone who is spending more this year than they did last year for the holidays. Personally, I am looking for quality gifts this year that keep on giving. There will be nothing frivolous or impulsive on my list this year, and even though I am not spending as much, [...]
The last month has been a blur with preparation for the Nutcracker (or the Nutbuster as my friend calls it). Either one works with me. Take your pick. My daughter danced at the screening of the Hollywood film, Nutcracker in 3D… and is playing Clara in The Anaheim Ballet Company’s Nutcracker. You [...]
I have visited three blogs recently in which the most recent post was devoted to the rare but coveted luxury of silence. No doubt this has something to do with the overwhelming NOISE of the holidays. It’s only Thanksgiving, and we’re all starting to feel it. The stores are noisy, the relatives are noisy, the [...]
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! This video has a little Thankgiving humor for you. IWillSurviveThanksgiving I started my day with a prayer of grattitude for the blessings of my life and I had something new to add to my list this year–you! I want to thank you for remaining a loyal fan of the confabulicious.com blog and [...]
You may have read a recent post of mine called A Preview of Things to Come, in which I elude to an upcoming article on “the high colonic”. In an effort to grease the skids, I thought I would share an article written by Dave Barry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald. Granted, [...]
I’ll get straight to the point. You may have read about my kid who recently released an album on iTunes. Many parents have had the experience of dropping to their knees to thank the Lord when their kid finally finds his (her) “thing.” I guess it’s my turn. We’ve tried baseball, football, Tae kwon do, [...]