Dads and Dogs and Peace

At least a thousand times in years 1-21, I heard my Dad say If you hang around with dogs, you’ll start barking like a dog. Even now at 46 years of age it sort of makes me want to roll my eyes. I hadn’t thought about that line in years until I recently heard this…

Right-Side Up

I started a note in my phone a few weeks ago, on a day that I was particularly grumpy and at my max. A note of things to be thankful for, particularly in this day and in this moment and in this circumstance. I did the same thing a few years ago in the year…

It Is Well

The Emergency Broadcasting System alarm message is the absolute last thing you want to hear when you’re on a long drive with two children, and one of them has just asked to stop somewhere because she has to go to the bathroom. Tornado warning. Tornado immediately takes my mind down a path of images of…

The Stormiest Part of the Storm

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Earthquakes. Landslides. Fires. Volcanic eruptions. Diagnoses. Divorces. Death of loved one. Car accidents. Addiction. A child in trouble. War. Oppression. Terrorism. There are so many kinds of storms. People think I'm crazy for living in a place that's prone to hurricanes. But I think it's significantly more crazy to live in a place…

WWJD? He’d Nap.

Have you ever sat in a car or house while it’s pouring rain and looked across the street at dry ground? Rains and storms both fascinate me and frighten me. I think it’s odd that people freak out because we live in an area subject to hurricanes but they think nothing of living in an…

Brave Girls ARE the storm.

Urban Dictionary has some very interesting - and some pretty hilarious - definitions for family. It's not necessarily about who's blood you have, or who you're forced to spend the holidays with. It's about people you love and they love you back. A bunch of people who hate each other and eat dinner together. People…