And so it begins …

14291818_10153870547727361_2083573259700712208_n.jpgMy baby had kindergarten orientation yesterday and today is her first official day of school. I know how we got here, but at the same time wonder, how did we get here? I read a great piece that explains this well. Grab the tissues; it’s a good one.

I was surprisingly FINE yesterday–no tears, just proud.

She woke excited, and was half-dressed by the time she bounded into our room. She raced to brush her teeth and made her bed in record time. Not a single argument or fight. She loved her orientation–her teacher, the school, the library …nervous, yes, but excited.

Today was the same–she got ready in a flash and even asked to eat breakfast there–she was so stoked to hurry up. But then we got to school, where she will have morning care, and all her excitement turned to butterflies. Continue reading “And so it begins …”

All the feels

September is going to give me –and many other parents joining the “Kindergarten Club” all the feels.

I haven’t been writing much lately, and for that I do apologize, loyal readers (if I have any left?!). I know this space is here when I’m wanting to write more, but aside from publishing a couple new pieces at Kveller, I haven’t done much this summer to hone my craft and haven’t felt super-inspired to blog recently. Nor have I  been nourishing my mind, body or soul. (#fail) BUT … because there is always a but … I’ve been living. And loving. And learning. And traveling. And teaching. And tasting.

So what I have lacked in the written word, I’m making up in experiences. That’s worth something, right?! 🙂

On that note, here are my two latest published articles at Kveller!


Enough is Enough

We live in a culture of violence. It’s everywhere you look – TV, film, video games … we see it everywhere and we become desensitized to it. Planes and buildings blowing up, shooting rampages, brutal rape scenes  … we’ve seen it all.

And somehow we, as a society, can “justify” this flood of violence in the media because it’s actors or computer-generated images  — not real people. Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

Peace Doves — Because we all need a little love

doveI’m an eternal optimist. A glass half-full kinda gal. I believe though there is so much evil, ugly, icky in the world today – there’s also a lot of good. Sometimes we just have to be on the lookout for it.

To that end, the Olympics are coming — the one time the whole world really seems to unite behind a cause, where we get that warm, fuzzy feeling of being one human race — of being connected. Continue reading “Peace Doves — Because we all need a little love”

Sunrise, Sunset… Sunrise, Sunset

First day at Adventures (March 2011) and cap and gown pics (May 2016)

My Sweet Maya,

Tomorrow night, you become a pre-K graduate. My Maya Papaya — equal parts smart, sassy, shy,  strong and self-assured — this milestone feels both heavy with bittersweet emotion, and beautiful and airy all the same. I am so very proud of the incredible little girl you are becoming, and I can only imagine the places you’ll go.

Veteran parents say to cherish each moment, that time flies, that the hours of parenthood are long but the years are short — and now that I’m in the thick of it, I absolutely believe these cliches to be true.

Continue reading “Sunrise, Sunset… Sunrise, Sunset”