Mental Health and Mise en Place

I am going to take a parenthetic break in the practical aspects of Mise en Place and take a moment to expose a few ideas, a few for which there is scientific research to back up, to argue that what you wear doesn’t just make a difference in how others see you, but it canContinue reading “Mental Health and Mise en Place”

Just blame me, okay?

This isn’t the direction I expected to take in my series about digging up the treasure in our backyards. What I wanted was to encourage you to start dreaming again, and recognizing the little sparks of divine creativity that are yours and have always been yours. I still have every intention to do this. However.Continue reading “Just blame me, okay?”

The Boy Moms of the #MeToo Generation

You are joking. We had been married sixteen years when we had our first baby. I was almost thirty-eight years old. By then, I had quite a lot of practice at being a girly girl. I have one sister. On my Dad’s side, that is, on Gigi’s side, we are all girls. That is sevenContinue reading “The Boy Moms of the #MeToo Generation”

Celebrate Everything

If you need to find a reason to celebrate something, I’m your gal. I can always find a silver lining, which can make me downright unbearable at times. The Boobie Retirement Party When my littlest scalawag was a baby, he decided one day that he was done nursing and never cared to see my boobiesContinue reading “Celebrate Everything”

Mise en Place: A love story

Mise en place: implementation or enactment; set-up or positioning; magical process by which you make your own life easier. Dry Shampoo, whispered thank yous and rounds of diaper changes Just the other night, I was counseling a very young woman who was about to have her second baby in less than eighteen months. Seeing asContinue reading “Mise en Place: A love story”

Pandora’s Box

The opposite of contentment is not misery, it is dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction can make us miserable. It is not however, the misery of poverty, hunger or isolation. We can be hungry and still be content. We can be isolated and still be content. It is dissatisfaction that gets me started on the vicious cycle of wantingContinue reading “Pandora’s Box”