Dating. Cue collective groan.  It's both thrilling and daunting. Exciting and terrifying. We strive to find a balance between those conflicting feelings. And with that comes finding the proper outlet to begin or re-enter the dating game. And this past year...
As the holiday season looms, I think more and more about how my family will maintain healthy boundaries during the holiday. Boundaries are something that most of us shy away from setting, especially with extended family members. But establishing...
 My parents both suffer from a number of health ailments.  My mother struggles with her balance, walks with the assistance of a cane, and cannot drive. She depends on my dad for a lot more than she used to.  And then...
This presidential election has been a doozy. On one hand, I think it’s great that there is so much interest in elections. Those elected into public office serve a very important role and make decisions every day that impact...
The 2020 Derecho was a life-changing event.  In a matter of 45 minutes, we were the proud owners of two totaled cars and rendered homeless.  Nothing in the world could have prepared me for the fire our family was...

I Lost My Mother to Suicide

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline offers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis...
It’s the end of the day and my three year old has done everything in her power to wear me down. She didn’t sleep well last night, which has turned into a day full of talking back, throwing tantrums,...
“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”  - Bernard Meltzer In honor of ‘National Girlfriends Day’ which was on August 1st...this one’s for the girls! The definition of...
Divorce is devastating and leaves us feeling a palpable sense of loss. Part of my job is supporting families through strained co-parenting dynamics after separation and divorce. This can go on for years, even decades, especially if they are...
As a Midwestern white woman, how do I speak up? I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to be proper and diplomatic right now. I don't really know my place. As someone who’s had very little exposure...
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The Best Season of All is Fall: My Fall Favorites

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Close your eyes and just imagine the following... The crisp air and the cool breeze coming through an open window.  The changing of the leaves...