The Pause Between

The Pause Between

“When God closes one door, He opens another.” It’s 5 a.m. I’m wide awake, though I don’t need to be. For the first time in almost 30 years, I don’t have a job.  Last month, my employer announced it would be making reductions in the workforce, and I knew, in the mental intersection of intuition [...]

Just About Perfect

Just About Perfect

When I was a little girl, I thought my father was perfect. Most people did. If you asked Pete Manale to help you with something, you could be sure he’d do a bang-up job, whether it was hanging living room curtains with millimeter precision, fixing broken things or creating something decorative. Dad’s never been much [...]

A Control Freak Living in the Moment

A Control Freak Living in the Moment

A couple of weeks ago, Ret and I relived our 1970s youth at a KISS concert. What a blast – literally! I’ve been to my share of rock concerts over the years, but this was my first experience around pyrotechnics that melted my mascara. The show was an exhilarating, playful, nostalgic joyride from start to [...]

Little Joys are Big Stress Relievers

Little Joys are Big Stress Relievers

Let me introduce you to my geese. Well, these geese are not actually mine. But I’ve become mildly obsessed with them. My infatuation began years ago, when I lived in a new, sprawling subdivision with amenities that included several lagoons. One spring, a pair of geese decided to establish their home there. I’m no expert [...]

Time Flies, Except When It Drags

Time Flies, Except When It Drags

"How did it get so late so soon?" Dr. Seuss This post was originally titled What Happened to September? when I drafted the first sketchy lines on October 19. But now, well, it's November, and What Happened to September and October? doesn't have quite the same ring. I'm feeling disappointed with myself because in January [...]