Unexpected Down Time

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” — W.B. Yeats

There have been unexpected benefits of this collective pause in quarantine. Without question, living in rural New Hampshire makes it much easier to stay physically and emotionally healthy with regular access to nature and the outdoors. » Read more

The Stealth Germaphobe

It takes a Pandemic and about a week of quarantine to be reminded of the latent traits of family members. Bruce and I have been married for almost twenty-four years, and it turns out he is a full-on germophobe. As an innkeeper, he is vigilant in the kitchen; he has always required the servers to wash hands for twenty seconds, which he learned in his Safe Serve class years ago. » Read more

Finding Balance

In Isolation with Rich Roll and Tiger King

Having a lot of time on our hands is like a preview to what old age will be like. I have become my mother thirty years earlier than expected. I remember chuckling when my mom would be exhausted after a busy day of going through a pile of mail, reading the paper and replying to two emails. » Read more

The Wise Brené Brown

LIVE at the Massachusetts Conference for Women

I had the honor of hearing Brené Brown drop many wisdom bombs yesterday in her two presentations at the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Thanks, Anng Kenney for inviting me to join. Brené Brown is a bottomless pit of wisdom and perspective; I feel like I have been to human being training camp. » Read more

Stretching to TEDx

Exploring my threshold for retention

In April, I had the amazing opportunity to present at TEDxKemoreSquare. It was the proudest moment of my speaking career so far. The most challenging part was stretching my drifty old mind to remember sixteen minutes of material in order. » Read more

Unintentional Off-Roading

A Wyoming Adventure in a Rental Car

The most nerve-wracking, adventurous and beautiful drive of my life occurred in the middle of what was supposed to be a relaxing afternoon. I had hours to get from Billings, MT to Powell, WY for a speaking gig at Northwest College. » Read more

Old Baby Girl

Never too old for a little degradation

Conventional femininity has never been my thing. My parents didn’t have the energy to curb my ruffian nature as a kid. After raising the six older siblings, they distilled their parenting down to a couple of basics: live by your own rules and to be true to yourself despite inevitable feedback. » Read more

Fear Trifecta

A Creaky Old House, a Dark Night and a Tub of Noxzema

I lived in a constant state of fight-or-flight until my sister went to college. Sarah grew up to be one of the most kind and loving people despite the fact that she spent a lot of time attempting to make every one of my childhood fears come true. » Read more