Perseverance. Ingenuity. Vision. Hope.

  The new “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street has nothing on my great-grandmother Lueders (pictured here) who modeled perseverance. Ingenuity. Vision. Hope. As America reflects on Women’s History Month, it’s time to salute some pioneering females who with gutsy...
All Ears

All Ears

Sometimes it’s just hard to fess up. Come clean. Acknowledge we blew it. Admit when we say or do something that wasn’t the best choice. On my dog walk yesterday, a 13-year-old neighbor shared with me how she is not doing well in school. Her parents are not happy about...
Love Through Thick and Thin

Love Through Thick and Thin

I could hardly believe my eyes. The antique car right in front of me zipped along with its charming older passengers sitting closely side by side. I sure hope there was a padded bench seat in that dark Dodge because the white-haired woman was snuggled right next to...
Hey, Look Out!

Hey, Look Out!

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to derail us from our plans. A sobering phone call. An illness. A job change. Some of life’s obstacles smash into our path like a tumbling boulder while others bother us incessantly like a pebble in our shoe. Living in the Colorado...
Battling Cancer Together

Battling Cancer Together

You know him. You know her. You know how cancer has bullied its way into the lives of those you care about most—a family member, friend, coworker, neighbor, teacher, coach. As the leading cause of death across our planet, cancer annually claims 8.2 million lives....
Paging Fred: A Right Time for Everything

Paging Fred: A Right Time for Everything

What national holiday would you start if you could? Chocolate Anything Day? No Stress At All Day? I found a few atypical celebrate/appreciate days that made me chuckle. I just realized that I missed Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, this past January 21-22 weekend. This...
We All Have Stuff

We All Have Stuff

The other day while walking the pup at the local park, I ran into Robbie. He adores Ayrabelle and immediately ran up to us. We first met Robbie last spring when he, his mom, and brother spotted us at the park. They had recently moved from the East Coast and love dogs....
What I’ve Learned from Prostitutes

What I’ve Learned from Prostitutes

Mariel* led me along the dank back alley to her family’s home—a maze of carefully placed cardboard boxes secured with chicken wire. Really? Seriously? I stooped to almost a crawl to wedge inside the tunnel that led to a “two-story” living area. Marissa, a Filipino...

Tired Out?

I can still hear that HISS-S-S-S-S-S-S-S-S from my back tire. Rats! At least I discovered the deflating tire in my garage and not along some back-road adventure. There’s always a silver lining, right? Fortunately, I have AAA and my automotive place specializes in...
A Cure for the Grrrrrrrr-umbles

A Cure for the Grrrrrrrr-umbles

I found myself cursing the chilling air early this morning while walking my dog. Grrrrrrrrr . . . I mumbled, feeling the brisk air assault my exposed face. Sweatshirt, heavier jacket, ear band, mittens—I was layered up against the crisp weather, but not prepared for...