Category Archives: family

Light It Up: The Winter Solstice

I know it’s holiday season and we’re all mad busy so I’ll make this short. Today is the Winter Solstice.   The day where the darkness over-powers the light. Many of us may feel extra tired or worn down; perhaps feeling … Continue reading

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Ghost of a Chance: How I Was Taught to Face My Fears

I am no stranger to fear and anxiety. In fact, we’re old friends. Some of my earliest memories are of exceedingly frightened moments, which in hindsight  are held together in my psyche like a shadowy abacus — dark beads adding … Continue reading

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Viva Geek Power! The Path of Con

My daughter, 14, proudly describes herself as a “geek.”

And last year, along with her brother, 12, they began lobbying hard for my husband and I to take them to ConnectiCon in Hartford, Connecticut.

What is ConnectiCon, you may wonder?

Why it’s the Constitution State’s answer to Comic-Con (the seminal comic book convention incepted in San Diego, CA in 1970). Continue reading

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The Hidden Splendor of Messy

I like things neat and tidy.   In my space, my relationships, and my communications. I need order to thrive. A teacher once explained, “To you, order is holy. It’s literally holy order.” This revelation banged like a gong of … Continue reading

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It Can Be A Wonderful Life

It should really come as no surprise that It’s a Wonderful Life is not only my favorite holiday movie, but one of my favorite movies of all time. The story of the utterly decent George Bailey and his delayed dreams … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Christmas Spirit Lost & Found

Our son Henry is a joyful boy. He’s been known to sail through the house saying, “I’m expressing my joy!” Like all kids, he has been excited for Christmas weeks. His joy factor is even more elevated. He’s turning ten years-old on January 6th. He is on the delicate cusp of leaving the tender parts of childhood permanently behind in the coming years. He hasn’t asked me if Santa is real or not, though I have suspected he might have some suspicions, considering he’s a 4th grader now. However, if he does, he hasn’t let on to any of us. Continue reading

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