Lemon Ricotta Bites

“You must really love your job,” said a friend to me recently.  “I do!” I exclaimed, only to find that she was actually being sarcastic.  This happens all the time because not many people in my life want to be me.  A fundraiser.  My jobs have landed me in two of the top three categories…

Don’t Put Their Light Out: Part 3, The Round Ones

And then there’s the other one… Round.  I’ve heard this word used in a variety of ways throughout our struggles with school this year.  Round pegs in square holes. I’ve got round ones.  My youngest, the dancer, is more round than average (on the spectrum of average for a round one, that is).  You can’t…

Breaking Up With a Dream

As I have had the opportunity to get to know many of you through this blog, I’ve learned that this community is full of dreamers.  We have big ideas to use our lives in big ways and we spend time inside our minds sorting through how we can propel ourselves to the next exciting endeavor. …

The Best Advice I Ever Received

This. Is. What. We. Do. That’s the best advice I ever received.  It came as parenting advice eight years ago when I was reeling from the reality of what having a new baby really felt like.  The hormone happy haze was gone and I was caught in the past of how life used to be…

Obligatory Pi Day Post!

I’ve been laying low from the blog lately.  Mostly because I’m exhausting myself on all of my thoughts and ideas and am trying to recalibrate what this really is – a meaningful hobby.  I don’t aspire to be a blogger. I’m not interested in spending my energy creating a community of empty “likes” in the…

How I Learned to Love My Dog

One would think I should be a dog lover seeing as though I have one, but it took me quite some time to learn to love my dog. I had not been able to completely warm up to her until an unexpected experience left us with more in common than I ever could have imagined….

Quick Fix: Anytime Egg Bake

This is not a food blog.  Rather, it’s a blog which promotes the belief that through sharing food, we can build better relationships and ignite new ways of connecting with people.  Which leads me to occasionally share food I make because I can never pass up a chance to espouse my enthusiasm for eating! This…

Don’t Put Their Light Out: Part 2

“It’s like everyone in my class is a house and I’m just a table.” “I’m not made for school.” “I wish I would just die.”   His self-talk had progressively begun to deteriorate.  By the time winter break rolled around, this happy, bright-eyed, eager learner ended up in a heap of tears wishing he would…

Gift Givers and Present Buyers

During this week leading up to Valentine’s Day, I’ve been on my soapbox about the difference between giving a gift and buying a present. I love, love, love giving gifts.  To anyone.  I even keep a note of gift ideas in my phone because I often see things that remind me of people in my…

Served: Chef Douglas Katz

There is no way to predict what moments might influence the trajectory of someone’s life. We interact with people day in and day out, but rarely stop to consider that some of these interactions might actually live on as an important memory for someone. I experienced that moment 11 years ago when I had to…

Don’t Put Their Light Out – Part 1

I’ve got Part 2 in the works because it NEEDS to get out of my head (brace yourselves), so I thought I would share Part 1 from the beginning of the school year… Don’t put their light out. That’s all I keep thinking. It’s on repeat – no, it’s a permanent neon sign – in…

Say YES, please!

We’ve totally overdone it on empowering people to say “no”.  I’m bringing back “yes’ in a big way. Think back to the last time you had a meeting or went to someone’s home and were offered something to eat or drink. What did you say?  I put money on it that you said no.  Ok,…