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All the Feelings

My dad loved Thanksgiving for many of the same reasons I do: we spend the day with family, we eat delicious food, we laugh a lot, and we spend time sharing what we’re grateful for. Despite lots of love, this year was just a bit somber without him there. Melissa and ...

Feel Something, Say Something

It’s been a couple weeks since the election and as I begin to come out of the bubble of grief about my father’s passing, I’m faced with a country in turmoil over the shocking result in the presidential race.   I’m sure it comes as no surprise that my political leanings point ...

The Healing in Feeling

I'M AT THE hospital visiting my father. He's had a relatively good stretch of health until he began feeling pain in his foot and we noticed the coloring showing signs of limited circulation. Expecting to go in for a simple treatment and come home, he's been there now for a ...

Do You Trust Yourself?

THE WEATHER has taken a serious turn here in New England. The days are brisk and I can already smell winter in the air. In fact, it's raining right now and I spy small, while flakes scattered in the mix. With the fall back of daylight saving time coming up, ...

The Shitty Part of Loving an Animal

IT'S A TOUGH DAY today. In just a few, short hours, my sister will be helping her beloved dog cross the Rainbow Bridge. After 15 years of love and companionship, Zack is ready to leave his body. Zack came into Lisa's life when she and her husband surprised their daughter with ...

Procrastinating? The Reason Might Surprise You

I had an MRI this morning for a knee injury that isn't healing as it should. When I headed downstairs to leave (stairs are usually a killer!), I noticed my knee felt the best it had in a long time. "Maybe I don't need this done after all," I briefly thought, ...

The Power of a Proper Apology

I RECENTLY disappointed someone very dear to me. She reached out to me for support in an incredibly vulnerable way and I told her I'd be there for her. And I wasn't. I'd think to myself, "I have to call Susan." Then the day would get away from me and I ...

What Is Your Why?

I HAD a doctor's appointment today - the first one I've had locally since I moved a year ago. I knew it was something I needed to do but kept putting it off telling myself the doctors here won't be as good as the ones back home, that I wasn't ...

Do Your Celebrations Honor Who You Are?

TODAY is Melissa's birthday and we're off for a day of hiking -- one of our favorite things to do together. People are often surprised when they learn we don't exchange gifts. Sure, we might get each other an occasional small item if it's something we know the other will ...

Let Fear Be Your Creative Partner

My love affair with the written word started when I was just 13 years old. My eighth-grade English teacher aptly named Dr. Devine, had a way of sharing his knowledge and passion for the language that he made me swoon for words the way other students felt about their crushes. On ...

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