Petite Packing

“Yes, I do need all of those clothes,” I testily tell my husband as he looks disapprovingly at my pair of suitcases standing ready for 4 weeks abroad. This scene has played itself out repeatedly over the years. And I honestly don’t know why he bothers complaining about my luggage. “Because I have to carry … Continue reading Petite Packing


I’ve gotten a late start on Lent this year. Mostly because I can’t think of a sacrifice spectacular enough to warrant the commitment. Just “giving up” something doesn’t seem worthwhile in itself. From my perspective the practice should accomplish something bigger than an exercise in self restraint. A search for ideas lead me to some impressive … Continue reading LENT: BAN BODILY EMBELLISHMENTS

Face Your Fear

  It is always amazing when ordinary people do extraordinary things. As was the case with a young man in Worcester, England  who happens to be married to my husband’s niece. Samantha was 9 months pregnant with her third child when she felt certain her baby’s birth was imminent. So she and her husband, Grant, … Continue reading Face Your Fear


Nice is nice, ladies, but tough is better. Just ask A-List Actress Jennifer Lawrence who has sworn off stereotypical, femininely sweet behavior since learning it cost her money. And to her credit she has admitted that she only has herself to blame. “When the Sony hack happened,” said Lawrence, “and I found out how much less … Continue reading MAN UP LADIES