hello again

It’s been awhile.  I’m now 41 (gasp).  I’ve been dating (meh).  I no longer teach kids (woo hoo).  A lot has changed. Some things have not…  Still have moments of sadness that run me over when I least expect it.  But they occur less and less.  Our girls are still what drive me forward.  I … Continue reading


Doesn’t seem possible, but here it is.  I’m the age I never realized I’d be, which is strange considering I’ve always planned to live to be 100.


We are back into the thick of things.  Starting school again reminds me of where I was a year ago, and it is staggering to think of what a mess I was.  Honestly, I’m not sure how I was able to accomplish the things I did.  Much of it is a blur. I’m lucky to … Continue reading

new leaf

For the past five weeks, I’ve been working in earnest in transforming myself from a sedentary person to an active one.  I’ve done what I can with diets (lost 22 lbs; not too shabby), but I’m realizing it’s not enough.  Throwing my natural predilections to the wind, I began jogging. I’m running at least 3 … Continue reading


My grandma is Joan Barraclough.  She’s one of my favorite people on the planet.  Probably my first bona fide best friend.  Recently we learned that she has a form of alzheimer’s.  Honestly it’s been more than a handful of years since she’s been “herself”, if you know what I mean. Growing up, I spent a … Continue reading


Seems wrong to let the whole day pass without recognizing the anniversary of our wedding.  Missing you, today especially.  


Stonehenge was astonishing to me.  It was awe inspiring to stand before structures that had been placed some 5,000 years before.  It was a wonderful place to be quiet and just take it all in.


I’ve been home for just over a week, and I’m so happy to be back home with the girls.  I missed them.  They are such an integral part of my life; it was strange to be without them for so long.  Of course, the trip was an amazing gift to myself.  I was able to … Continue reading