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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Kick-ass Friends

A friend tells you what you want to hear, a kick-ass friend tells you what you need to hear.
It takes an incredible amount of trust and vulnerability to let people see our personal warts—the blemishes we develop over a lifetime as a result of bad choices, actions that are inconsistent with our value systems, embarrassments, [...]

I love You, Too.

I tell my son I love him so many times each day the words simply whisper across his ears without regard, but in the quiet moments before he falls asleep is when the emotion seems to resonate.  I’ll breath, “Mommy loves you more than the moon and all the stars in the sky,” and in [...]

When Wanderlust Strikes

Do you ever have this overwhelming need to do something crazy?
Every now and then I go through periods of time where I’m discontent, incredibly hyper, and I start to drive myself a little more insane. I love my life and family but let’s admit it — Suburbia can become a tad monotonous. For someone who [...]

Let’s Just Talk About It

Words strung together become clichés for a reason; they’re repeated and digested and generalized as stones of truth. They hurt or caress when the intent for either is nonexistent. We’re all simply trying to communicate, to tell our own truth, but for good or bad there’s nothing more powerful than our words.
I just started reading, [...]

Purpose…I think I’m getting closer

I’ve spent considerable time over the last six months thinking about purpose. My purpose. Trying to define it.
My husband, being the retired corporate executive that he is, and whose mind is trained to create strategy, keeps prompting me to stop spending time in the how and to give myself up to the what…traveling without a [...]

Brain Sex…Do You Need It?

“Do you think healthcare is a right?” I asked my husband while sitting with him at the dinner table.
He took the bait but not three minutes into the conversation he was already frustrated with my position and was about to end his opposition by ending the conversation.
“Listen,” I said. “I really need to have brain [...]

Ending the Mommy Wars One Glass at a Time

Since Aaron’s birth five years ago, I’ve had a plethora of experiences related to the mommy wars…the feud in which working moms and stay-at-home moms underhandedly engage. I’ve turned the other cheek as moms disparaged my choice to work and clucked their tongues. I’ve listened to women make comments, Why bother to have children if [...]

Youth and Obesity…It’s all in the hair?

My hair is longer than it has been in at least a decade. After cheating on my stylist the last time I ventured out for a shearing, I haven’t had the desire to walk into a salon. I’ve been fooling myself (an easy task) by having a little internal discussion proclaiming longer hair in the [...]

Permission to Snore and Nag

It’s difficult to watch the people we love age. I’m 37 and in a few short weeks my husband will be 64-years-old. I’ve felt the years change him, seen how time has frustrated his joints and caressed away his hair, but I’ve never really cared; the intelligence lapping through his mind is my quintessential eros. [...]

Wondering on Wednesday: Self reflection-do you like what you see?

I started blogging because I needed some place to release a creative muse, and I was trying to avoid a late-night chocolate binge. I know Shout isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, or coffee, or wine. Hell, it’s certainly not everyone’s idea of a good, stiff drink. I’ve gone back and forth with myself to create [...]