February 24, 2018

When I was in high school, I specifically remember one of my first encounters with a corporate take-over, even though I didn’t know what was happening at the time. Suddenly the local radio station that had a real, live D.J. and played a variety of music and even took requests, disappeared into the night. No more Jane’s Addiction or The Black Crowes. No Nirvana, Soundgarden or Pearl Jam.

It was replaced with a nation-wide, mainstream music station with hosts from somewhere far removed that played the same songs over and over again on a nauseating loop. And growing up in the mid-west, this was the only rock-ish station, and I mean only, that we could get. Depressing. Maybe this is what prompted my strong dislike for top 40 pop musi...

February 21, 2018

           With nothing more pressing to do on a cold, snowy day, I decided to work on my goal of sorting through clutter and down-sizing. Of course, this involves a trip to the past…something one must be in the mood for. What to keep…what to throw away. What to hang on to…what to leave behind.

            Unfortunately, I’m a sentimental pack-rat. This means it takes me ten times as long as it should to look through a few boxes. I did manage to condense a few tubs, but little was tossed. And that’s okay. I have saved notes, concert stubs, letters, cards, poems, planners, calendars, tons of pictures and odds and ends. Nostalgia...


January 5, 2018

Think back to ringing in the New Year as a child. Does a particular year come into mind? Chances are good when you were little you didn’t even make it to the countdown to midnight. You probably woke up the next morning, without a care in the world that another year had passed.

But with time, this ritual becomes more significant. This year, New Years for me was like having the birthday blues. I felt like crawling into bed and pulling the covers over my head, letting the brutal north winds and cold of January sweep over me until spring.

Perhaps it was because as you get older the passage of time feels noteworthy. A milestone. A time for reflection. The “should” and “should nots” creep in. And unlike childhood, dammit, I did care tha...

December 26, 2017

In the classic holiday movie, “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation”, we witness a father, Clark, who is determined to create the perfect family Christmas. Unfortunately, his excessively high expectations result in nothing other than a complete fail. Clark loses it. The pressure of hosting the perfect holiday, coupled with financial worries and a bickering family, results in a total meltdown.

He feels defeated, angry and like a complete loser. Luckily, because the movie is a comedy, all ends well. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that we live in a world where we may experience a range of emotions, during the holidays, and on a daily basis, similar to Clark’s.

Competition, feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing are bor...

November 22, 2017

In 1979, a man stole a 12 million dollar horse that was being mistreated by a powerful corporation that was using it as a branding mascot. Upon realizing the horse was being sedated, drugged and shot up with steroids that could make it sterile, the man took off on the horse, right down the Las Vegas strip and headed for the hills.

The man was semi-famous himself. A washed up old cowboy who was now selling breakfast cereal, trying desperately to be something he wasn’t, coping with his fake life with tequila. He was on the run…with the horse. In big trouble.

Now his story may not have ended up so well, if it hadn’t been for a savvy reporter who wanted a good story.

And she got one. Luckily, she was able to discover the best part of t...

November 12, 2017

This week our ninth grade son decided to leave school and walk home. In a typical situation, this might not be a big deal (except for the skipping school part). However, add in the fact that he is on the Autism Spectrum and walked 6.2 miles across Boulder’s concrete jungle, crossing major highways and busy streets, encountering several displaced strangers along the way, and relying only on his photographic memory, this was quite a feat.

After we got the call from the high school that he was “missing” and the cops were called, Mark jumped in the truck and went to look for him. I tried to take deep breaths, my mind racing. Luckily, two minutes later Mark called. “I’ve got him!” He was limping down the highway, just a block from hom...

November 5, 2017

As with most weeks, this one has been filled to the brim with homework, music practice, gymnastics, last minute Halloween costume crises, my husband’s birthday and trick-or-treating. Add in constant emails, phone calls, forms to fill out, first of the month bills, and a heavy serving of the American-consumerism-advertisement dietAdd in the usual screen diet of constant emails, phone calls, forms to fill out, first of the month bills, and a heavy diet of consumerism, and it’s enough to make most people’s heads spin. I’ve begun referring to my phone as “the crystal skull”.

If you’ve seen Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull, this analogy will make sense. At the end of the movie, the Russian scientist, Irina Spalko, speaks to the cry...

October 29, 2017

People that know me well (which probably isn't too many), know that I have a ‘slight’ obsession with genealogy. And so I actually stopped to ask myself why that is. Why do I feel the need to find out exactly where I’ve come from? I could just accept the fact that I’m an American. Period. But, apparently that doesn’t satisfy me.

I’ve spent hours upon hours on and “discovered my DNA”. But I think what I’m struggling with most is something on a much grander scale. As Americans, what binds us together? What makes us feel as one country? Surely it can’t be sports, micro-beer, Hallmark Holidays steeped in consumerism, over-the-top extroversion and crony capitalism.  There has to be more.

But because we are so large (the 3rd...

August 19, 2017

All this talk about the solar eclipse might get you thinking about the effect celestial bodies have on us. For example, the total solar eclipse may do more than just obscure the sun for a few minutes. The eclipse may influence our emotions, with some people reporting increased anxiety, strange dreams, sudden bursts of creativity, and even problems with relationships. It may make you feel lethargic and even mess with your digestion. Unbelievable!

In Astrology, the sun symbolizes our life force and creativity.  And if you’re a Leo, like me, it is an especially powerful time of year.

Now think about the moon. It has the capability of effecting the ocean tides (with some help from the sun). The power of the sun and moon are very obvio...

July 10, 2017

Injuries are tough...maybe even more so for young athletes due to not only the taxing physical recovery, but the mental and emotional aspects that go along with trying to make it back. Kids are pushed hard these days due to a very competitive world, and resting is considered "over-rated" by many. However, keep in mind that over training and repetitive muscle actions increase the rate of an injury, particularly for teens who are more vulnerable due to changing bodies.This overuse may result in joint pain, muscle exhaustion and inflammation that may lead to more serious injuries, especially when you add in the "growth" factor...yes, teens are growing! 

So, how can we help our young athletes mitigate injury that...

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