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Do The Work Wednesday #10: In the Zone

Do The Work Wednesday #10: In the Zone

When I’m writing, I know I’m in the zone when I start to picture scenes in my head in the middle of the night.  I have very clear visions of action unfolding, complete with dialogue and jokes. That’s a good thing and a bad thing, of course. Bad thing: I’m lying awake and not getting  [...]

Graduation Guide From Pre-School to College: Congratulations, Graduate!

Graduation Guide From Pre-School to College: Congratulations, Graduate!

The graduation season is upon us, from Pre-school to College. As parents, it’s our job to mark the passage of time with deep sighs, head shakes, and appropriate gifts. I don’t consider myself a protocol professional, but I am a veteran of too many graduations to count, having grown up in a family of 8 [...]

Volunteer Sabbatical! Give-Away! The Art of Persuasion! All in Chaos Chronicles Podcast 513

Volunteer Sabbatical! Give-Away! The Art of Persuasion! All in Chaos Chronicles Podcast 513

Say it with me: Volunteer Sabbatical. I made the decision in March, but only this week did I feel the enormity of my actions. Right there in the frozen foods aisle of Smart & Final when I couldn’t find the frozen meatballs I’d been planning on passing off as my own for the International Heritage [...]

Fitness Videos Give-away plus 4 Things to like for a Fit and Healthy Mother’s Day

Fitness Videos Give-away plus 4 Things to like for a Fit and Healthy Mother’s Day

Can we combine Mother’s Day with health, fitness and food? I say yes! I’ve been testing, reading, cooking and rocking my my core over the last few months to assemble this Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Though, looking at the list, these are all products I believe we should just be able to buy ourselves, moms [...]

Chaos Chronicles Friday To Do List: Start a Playborhood

Chaos Chronicles Friday To Do List: Start a Playborhood

Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood into a Place for Play Click here to read more about the book and author. I’ve mentioned on Chaos Chronicles what a fan I am of the pocket park, mini public spaces  created by neighbors popping up in urban areas all over. The idea delights me that a median or a [...]

Do the Work Wednesday #9: It All Counts

Do the Work Wednesday #9: It All Counts

This week, I’m delivering a speech to a local organization that awards college scholarships to young women . I’m the keynote speaker for the awards ceremony and then will shake the hands of eight deserving seniors. The idea , of course, is to give the young women an inspirational send-off, imparting the hard-won wisdom of [...]

Chaos Chronicles 512: Birth Order; John Edwards vs. The TV show Scandal; College Reunion Prep

Chaos Chronicles 512: Birth Order; John Edwards vs. The TV show Scandal; College Reunion Prep

On Chaos Chronicles Podcast 512: The Chaos Chronicles: Or how I nearly starved to death  in a 5 star hotel. John Edwards Trail vs. The TV Show Scandal: Which one is more unbelievable Click here to order The Sibling Effect by Jeffrey Kluger: Lots of interesting information about what the bonds among brothers and sister [...]

Mommy Wars! College Tour! Kim Kardashian for Mayor! It’s Chaos Chronicles Podcast 511

Mommy Wars! College Tour! Kim Kardashian for Mayor! It’s Chaos Chronicles Podcast 511

Back from Spring Break ready to go with news, commentary and Chaos. On the Chaos Chronicles Podcast this  week: The Chaos Chronicles: what I did on my Spring Break from botched medical tests to American Idiot.  News Round-up: Mommy Wars, 50 Shades of Grey review and why is everybody running for Mayor To Do List: [...]

Do the Work Wednesday #8: Finding Inspiration

Do the Work Wednesday #8: Finding Inspiration

Sexy and Fun and Set in Paris. Nuff said. If I was a Pinterest whiz, I’d create an Inspiration Board for you all to see. But, I’m not, so you’ll have to  take my word for it. When I’m in writing mode ( or any creative mode at all, from cooking to  storytelling) I seek [...]

MESS: Make Everything Stop Syndrome

MESS: Make Everything Stop Syndrome

In a post-Spring Break reflective moment, I’m bringing back a Classic Chaos Column.  MESS: Make Everything Stop Syndrome Welcome to that long stretch of the calendar that lies between spring break and the last day of school.  The next few weeks can be tough on the whole family as the academic year grinds to a [...]