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So What Now?

So What Now?

A newly empty nest... A job furloughed that may or may not open back up... A dance studio where your favorite teacher left... A church you no longer feel connected to... A curriculum that doesn't click with the kids... Something that used to be your passion but now...

Seasons

Seasons

When I was in school, I was torn between wanting to be a ballerina and wanting to pursue music. I finally chose music because the clarinet was fully paid for (unlike ballet classes), and I knew my height was against me with my dancing. That, and by 9th grade it was...

Agreeing to Disagree

Agreeing to Disagree

A couple hours ago I posted a question on Facebook.  Without mentioning specifics: Do you consider that you and I agree on major topics, or disagree? (Masks, politics, religion, etc) I was honestly curious to see how people would answer. And I loved the feedback I got...

Wedding Memories

Wedding Memories

17 years ago, I said "I do."    But let me back up just a bit. It was early 2003. I had been living stateside for 2 years, still trying to figure out what to do with my life. (I came back from 2 years living in Istanbul, Turkey for the first 2 years after...

Finding peace

Finding peace

I didn't plan to write about anything related to the coronavirus.  But then I saw an article that I saw last week about the number of suicides during this period being higher than the number of virus-caused deaths. And a conversation I had earlier a couple days before...

Coffee part 2

Coffee part 2

Have I told you how much I love coffee? The sound of the coffee pot gurgling... the smell... that first sip...  I love it all. (well, maybe not the coffee breath that follows) Last August I realized I was feeling jittery and exhausted immediately after having my...

Decaf Coffee

Decaf Coffee

Coffee is important to me. When we opened our Airbnb, I included the word "coffee" (as in "this is an ideal place to drink coffee") in virtually every picture I posted.  It used to have to have caffeine. Not that I always needed, or even wanted, the energy, but...

Disney as a local

Disney as a local

First off, we live in the shadow of Cinderella Castle. Before we moved to Central Florida, we used to come down here from Buffalo every winter for a beautiful, exhausting week at the Parks.  In early 2013, we moved down here, and yes, proximity to Disney was one of...

Homeschooling, year 11

Homeschooling, year 11

We homeschooled long before Coronavirus. Let me tell you: what most people experienced this past spring was nothing like what we do. That's why most homeschoolers insist that what the rest of the world was doing wasn't really homeschooling.  It did make for some...

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