How Do I Pick a Theme?


Earlier this month, Christine talked about the usefulness of picking a theme for the year. Later, Jen touched on the subject in her recent post. This sounds like a good and worthy thing to accomplish. I think it would help me with setting goals, and staying on track with what I want to accomplish. What … Continue reading How Do I Pick a Theme?

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Clean and Lean for 2013


I know better than to set a New Year's Resolution. Why set myself up for failure? Instead, I like to set small goals. Ultimately, they lead to a larger goal. For example: I need to lose about 75 pounds to get from "obese" to "healthy weight." That would be the high end of healthy weight … Continue reading Clean and Lean for 2013

Emotional Intensity: Two Sides of the Same Coin


When my son, Nick was three-years-old, I got him a Spiderman coloring book. I was amazed to find that not only did he carefully color in the lines, but he was very concerned with getting the colors “right.”  He wanted to make sure he used just the right shade of gray for the buildings, the … Continue reading Emotional Intensity: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Surviving Sudden Changes


My daughter has been loving Middle School.  Her father and I love going to Back-to-school night and hearing how much her teachers enjoy having her in their class.  She especially loves her Pre-Algebra/Science teacher.  Having Mrs. Jones as her teacher had been building up in her since the open house in Spring where incoming 6th … Continue reading Surviving Sudden Changes

Surviving Middle School…So Far…


In preparation for this post, I asked my newly minted 6th grade daughter if she had any tips for surviving Middle School. She said, “Watch Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” I gave her the facial equivalent of “dash, underline, dash,” or: -_- and then said, “I can’t just tell people to go watch a kids’ … Continue reading Surviving Middle School…So Far…