Saying good-bye to summer

On the last day of summer break, I spent four hours floating in circles around a lazy river. For the first two hours, I was with my two teen-age boys and my son’s girlfriend, and the last two hours I got rare and cherished one-on-one time with just my...
That time we saw an amazing sunset

That time we saw an amazing sunset

When I started writing this, I really didn’t mean for it to become a 16-part series. During the last 11 years that I’ve been recounting the story of my life on this blog, it has become my memory bank. And so when cool things happen, I need to write them...
That time it stopped raining

That time it stopped raining

If you follow me on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve already heard more than enough about all the fun we had this summer making a short film for a local film fest. But there are several things about this experience I don’t want to forget, and that’s...
Rain won’t stop us

Rain won’t stop us

What do you do when the forecast for the last 48 hours of your vacation calls for nothing but rain? I don’t mean just a little rain. I mean every single hour for 48 hours straight, the chance of rain is nearly 100 percent. You could do what normal people do....

A vacation to the familiar

When I was a kid, it seemed like every summer my family would pack up the family station wagon and head to the Smoky Mountains. These adventures always started with a 3 a.m. departure. They always included a stay in the most amazing hotel my mind could conjure that...
For the love of craft supplies

For the love of craft supplies

Typically when I walk into the craft supply store, I work hard to keep myself focused on the project at hand. I ignore the rows of colorful markers, the patterned card stock and the amazing textures of yarn that I don’t even know how I would use. I don’t...