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Who do you think you are?

I’ll bet this guy never worries about what he’s wearing.

Have you ever heard the phrase…“She’s really got to know who she is to wear an outfit like that!”  Have you ever worn an outfit like that? I’ve seen them in the store and thought I wish I could wear that.

It’s not that it doesn’t fit. (Well, not always that.) It’s often more about the style or the color.

Who do you think you are?

Have you ever written a “Bio?” It’s hard! I have several. When presenting with Marcus there’s a different

2020-05-23T08:35:30-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|1 Comment

Hello Friends. Well, it’s May. Month five of 2020. Almost the halfway mark. What a doozie! 

You know the old saying, “Man plans. God laughs.” Or, put another way: 

But I planner I am. A very long 5 months ago I chose my 2020 word of the year. It’s actually been on the forefront of my mind a lot in this current crisis. It was, and is, maximize. 

In that post I explained: “This year we will be pushing

What’s Cookin’ (Bonus: Recipe Links!)

It’s Sunday. The day I write and the day I cook. I aggressively try to protect these two rituals. 

To me: Food is love. Food is survival. Food is creative art. Food is budgeted. Food is reward. Food is comfort. Food is control. 

I plan menus with care, choose foods that nourish, fill, and treat. Over the years Quinn’s dietary needs, restrictions, and requests have changed widely, and expanded my cooking knowledge and range. My food restrictions have changed too. Marcus’ tastes have expanded rather than

On the Divide

Historically, and in my personal lifetime, when a catastrophic event (large or small scale) came, it often brought communities and families together. A commonality rose to the surface: humanity. 

This is not one of those times. 

The waves of this crisis divide us. Additionally, in this age of “technologically connected” the spotlight on just how divided blinds, enlightens, and devastates.

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I’m tired. In some ways I feel like the sick I had at the beginning of March just won’t let go. It could also be because of seasonal allergies, my throat appears to be