The Body Cast that Molded Me

The Body Cast that Molded Me

We’ve all seen some stuff in life, haven’t we? My “stuff” is having been through several surgeries, three body casts and a year on crutches to fix my hip dysplasia. Nothing truly stuck, so nearly five years ago they replaced it, and just like that, a lifetime of discomfort and struggle was lifted. Since my […]

Simplify and Focus

Simplify and Focus

So often we hear people complain that life is just so busy, and there aren’t enough hours in the day, but I’m done with that. There are plenty of hours to get what’s important done if we just focus, but it’s hard to focus with so much extra noise in the world. There are commercials […]

Grilled Cheese and Gershwin

Grilled Cheese and Gershwin

There’s no tangible gauge for how well you’re doing as a parent—no meter that points to Awesome or You’ve Got to be Kidding Me and no bumper sticker that asks How’s my driving? accompanied with a 1-800 number. I was recently listening to Gershwin’s An American in Paris at the dinner table with my young […]

Nostalgia in the Making

Nostalgia in the Making

My husband and I took a trip a few weeks ago to Athens, Ohio to revisit the campus of Ohio University, where I did my undergrad. I hadn’t been back since graduation in 1998. Since then I’ve lived in England, then moved to Chicago for 13 years, and now I find myself living, of all […]