Book review: The Sound of Hope

The Sound of Hope by Lois Kam Heymann My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is geared toward children from birth through about age 8 with APD. It's still worth reading if your child is older, but there aren't many interventions that will work with your tween or teenager. Also, I thought it was … Continue reading Book review: The Sound of Hope


Expand your horizons

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this weekend? How about a movie and a cupcake? That's what my daughter and I did today and we had a great afternoon. What to see? That was tricky. There is a dearth of family movies to choose from at the moment. Do you like movies … Continue reading Expand your horizons

First pair of glasses, part 2

In the previous post, I described how I found out that I needed  glasses when I was twelve-year-old. Fast forward to 2012, when my daughter is twelve, and just got her first pair of glasses. We found out she needed glasses because she had routine eye screenings at school, as well as periodic full eye … Continue reading First pair of glasses, part 2

First pair of glasses, part 1

I got my first pair of (many, many) glasses when I was twelve years old.  I was playing tag in my grandmother's yard (with a friend-who-was-a-boy) and so of course not only was I running around like a nut, I was also distracted.  So first I was chasing Scotty, trying to tag him, and the … Continue reading First pair of glasses, part 1

Wicked good? Not!

I recently visited a popular restaurant in Wells, one that I go to frequently. Usually I go with my husband but this time I was with  my daughter. We went there on Saturday. My twelve-year-old picked the restaurant and was excited to be going out for lunch with her mom. My preference is always to … Continue reading Wicked good? Not!

Not wasting my vacation

I think that it's very important to get out of your rut--I mean, routine--on your vacation week. This is especially challenging, of course, if you are taking (yet another) staycation. Having part of your time off fall during the holidays can make it a little easier to break in the  "Hel-lo? What day is … Continue reading Not wasting my vacation

Stocking stuffers for the kids

Just in case the edict "Write what you know" is true, I thought that just maybe it's cousin, "Buy what you know," may also be true. In this post, I'll do both; it will be in relation to teens and tweens stocking stuffers. Okay, so my teen is recently promoted to "twenty-something", but I still have … Continue reading Stocking stuffers for the kids

Making Gingerbread Houses

I admit it: prior to yesterday I was a Gingerbread House Virgin. Through twenty-plus years of motherhood, I'd managed to avoid ever baking, never mind decorating, a gingerbread house. The desire just was not there. I couldn't have been less interested. Then something incredible happened: I wanted to make one.  Something shifted inside me and … Continue reading Making Gingerbread Houses

Angels and the creative process

Instead of writing my blog post and article and more NaNoWriMo words yesterday afternoon (and well into the evening...), I helped my tween daughter with her project for school. The assignment was to make a collage that showcased the following: Your career aspirations Your interests Your talents Something else that I can't remember (*midlife … Continue reading Angels and the creative process

Pennies from heaven

Ever heard that our loved ones that have died sometimes come back to visit and when they do, they often leave clues for us that they are/have been here? There's even a poem written about it! Well, this week I've found pennies on the floor in my house unexpectedly on three separate occasions. It reminded … Continue reading Pennies from heaven