I really want (and need) to know

I have been accepted in to Seth Godin’s altMBA January class, and I am thrilled about it. Last week, I received the box of pre-reading materials, and because we were snowed in all Thanksgiving weekend, I have already devoured eight of the 11 books. If nothing else comes from the class, which I absolutely do…

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A Thanksgiving to remember

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of from house to HOME magazine. Thanksgiving 2004 found my husband and me with no plans. My son was off with his dad, and all my family were out of town. I decided to make a small Thanksgiving dinner for us. Growing up, Thanksgiving meant going…

A little luck and a lot of thanks

Old habits and superstitions are hard to let go of. Think that’s not true? When did you last search for a piece of real wood to knock on three times (or thrice for you, Dr Marry) when talking about needing some good fortune for an upcoming something or other? That’s what I thought. When I…

Extraordinary Podcast Episode 2

My longtime friend, godmother to my son and extraordinary princess party planner, Nicole “Lester” Fenstad joins me to talk about our 30-year friendship, that “distinct smell,” and what it’s like to be where we are today: lamination, Lulu and all.

When a “Waste of Time” Becomes a Gift in Time

My mother recently encouraged me to stop writing about my years living in income-based housing. She noted that I’d likely written enough about that time now and wondered why I kept referencing it. As with nearly all thoughts from my mother, this was more of a kindly command than a suggestion. I countered in a…

Just Get(ting) Over It

When I was a very young adult, I often boldly, and no doubt loudly, proclaimed that as soon as people figured out what was “wrong with them,” the onus was on them to fix it and move on because they had recognized it. If they still had hangups after that, then it was really their…

I started a podcast!

I have always wanted to have a podcast, so today I started one. The details are in the conversation, so I hope you’ll take a listen and let me know what you think. I’m sure partial to my first guest. Also, how fabulous do my fingernails look????? Thank you, Chelsa Alene Salon.