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Maverick Quote

October 31st, 2008

Children awaken your own sense of self when you see them hurting, struggling, testing; when you watch their eyes and listen to their herats.  Children are gifts, if we accept them.
                                                                                   ~Kathleen Tierney Crilly

Maverick Quote

October 28th, 2008

Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.
                                                 ~Billie Holliday

Why am I an insomniac?

October 15th, 2008

I used to sleep so well.  All through the night.  Even after my son was born and I developed “mother’s ears”.

So why am I suddenly plagued my the inability to sleep?  I go to sleep just fine.  Then I wake up at 1:30 or 3:30 and I can’t got back to sleep.

I’ve tried Calm Tea.  I’ve tried Valerian Root.  I’ve tried warm baths and aromatherapy. 

And I still wake up.

Dear sleep gods: could you please work it out amongst yourselves to sprinkle some sleepy dust over me tonight?  I’d really appreciate it.


Word of the Week

October 10th, 2008

My mother The English Teacher taught me that the more words you know the more precisly you can communicate your thoughts. 

To that end, I’ve decided to add a Word of the Week to this blog!  I will give you the dictionary definition and then a handy example of how to sly work it into your conversations.  One word a week will give you great practice time!

Today’s word: Egregious

Main Entry:
Latin egregius, from e- + greg-, grex herd — more at gregarious
circa 1534
1archaic : distinguished2: conspicuous ; especially : conspicuously bad : flagrant <egregious errors> <egregious padding of the evidence — Christopher Hitchens>
egre·gious·ly adverb
egre·gious·ness noun

Here is a handy example of how to use this word in your daiy conversation:

“AIG made and egregious error when they decided to party down in California in the face of flushing their shareholders down the toilet.”

What I want this blog to be

October 9th, 2008

I am working with the fabulous Shama Hyder – – to really refine the focus of this blog.  So I thought I would just work out my thoughts live, here on the blog itself.

This blog makes me happy.  Thinking about it puts a smile on my face.  I want others who come here to feel the same way.  I want to talk about smart, interesting topics, parent-related, business related and just plain fun related.  I want to give moms a place to unplug from the competitive mommy world.  I want to give mia moms some inspiration to be more present in the families lives. 

I don’t want political or particularly religious conversation.  Those are highly personal topics and I’ve watched blogs go down in flames over them.  But I do want to talk about spirituality – connecting to something greater than ourselves.  How do we do that in a rush a day world? 

I don’t really want to talk about celebrities much or martinis and cocktails at all.  I do want to talk about good books, fiction or otherwise.  And good movies – they are so rare.  And share my personal obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Coffee and Buffy are really my biggest vices – so I can talk about them ad nauseum. 

I don’t want to be a bitchy blogger  – that gets old to me and requires quite a bit of negative energy.  However, I do want to call bad behaviour bad behaviour when I see it. 

I want to highlight people and charities who are doing good in the world.  There is never too much good in the world. 

I want to publish audio, video and written interviews with interesting people – maybe they are moms maybe not but they have something interesting to say. 

I want to talk about how to be a good person in the world and how to master the skills of living – like how to apologize and how to teach our kids to apologize.  Important stuff. 

I want to share inspiring quotes.  I just love those.  I want to share resources that can help make our lives a little easier and better. 

This isn’t a Green Blog, though I would like to talk about how to do that without going broke. 

I’d like to talk about style – which is not the same thing as fashion (CoCo Chanel said that.) 

I’d like to share my experience with products and service providers. 

I guess what I really want to do is give us all the tools and inspiration to transform what we may see as just a common life into seeing ourselves as living extraordinary lives -without having to change the externals, unless we want to.  It’s more about our attitude, really, isn’t it?  And, I’d like to invite those who find it comfortable here to engage in conversation – not just with me, but with each other.

That is what I feel called to do with the blog.  And, hopefully, others will find that it fills a need for them as well.

Now I’ll have to ask Shama what she thinks about all this.:)

October 4th, 2008

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
                                                                                                     ~Ursula K. LeGuin

October 1st, 2008

To have one’s individuality completely ignored is like being pushed quite out of life.  Like being blown out as one blows out a light.
                                                                        ~Evelyn Scott