Friends whose son started on his college applications this week were bemoaning the process to us, knowing we have lived through it ourselves. It's been a while since our sons applied and I was curious to know if the essay topics had improved in the interim. In a word: no.
This too shall pass. As a new mother, this phrase both helps me, and scares me. It helps me in the sense that when I am having a rough day I can remind myself that this is only temporary. Even though it feels like things will be this hard forever.
It's that time of year -- the leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and the kids are back in school. Learning is a full-time job when you're young, but it doesn't need to end when you outgrow your backpack.
I'll also never forget the words my surgeon uttered back in 2001 when he told me of my diagnosis of DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). 'If this experience doesn't rivet you, nothing will. You'll never look at life in the same way.' He was right.
I need to learn to say "I love you" in at least 20 more languages before I can say it to you and mean it.
When it's time to plan your next vacation, consider a trip that lets you dig into your chosen destination like a local. Becoming immersed in the culture, sights and sounds of your next vacation spot is such a hot topic that many hotels are creating programs that let you do just that with ease.
I have discovered a new species of the middle-aged single male, and if my discovery wasn't so frightening, I'd be really excited to report my findings. Unfortunately, what I have to say isn't good news for all the middle-aged single women out there searching for a forever partner.
My grief therapist says I should write to you. So I am writing a letter to you like a kid writes to Santa. The letter will never reach its recipient, but the writing is therapeutic. Maybe you will send me a message from the North Pole or wherever you are that you are OK?
Did you hear about the soon-to-be-released app, 'Peeple?' Think Yelp for humans. Yes ... applying a rating scale to humans. Yes ... really.
Forgiveness is more about the forgiver than the forgiven. The forgiver moves through the anger and loss and chooses to replace it with a new hope. Yes, sadness will linger, but it is acceptance of what is, and compassion, that bring peace ... and health.
Soon after Cade was diagnosed, all of my efforts to present a compelling argument, trying to convince him that needles didn't hurt that much, were falling on deaf ears. My adult, persuasive attempt was a miserable failure! The next strategy included an offer for Cade to give me a shot before I gave him one. His initial reaction was one of surprise accompanied by doubt.
While the LGBT movement is discussing and claiming their civil rights, transgender people still have to discuss their rights to the most basic needs. Even the physiological ones, such as which restrooms they are allowed to use, or social rights, like work, health care and education.
Whenever Donald Trump bails, the media who initially dismissed him, and then took him far too seriously, will look bad. Those of us who watched with a combination of horror, dismay and amusement will look bad. And most of his followers will look like fools.
The 2016 presidential election is crucial for programs that affect 44.7 million Americans. Which candidates will stand up for the issues that have a significant impact on our fast growing aging population?
So here I am, your Flag Mod. When you flag that obscene photo or report that fake profile, I'm one of the 'special users' who determines whether it should in fact be deleted, or if you were overreacting.
Finally, as I am encroaching on 40, I think I've found myself. I remember who I am. I am a slobbery fool. I am a confident adult. I dance in the living room and sing off-key. I still have no fashion sense. And, even though I have to fight for it now, I'm happy again.