Tag: life lessons

The Air Max 90 (Or The First Time I Learned About Envy)


This week’s publication is dedicated to my friend and fellow writer Deb Dauer, who recently passed away from complications caused by ALS.  Although my time with Deb was brief, she taught me to live, to write with courage and spirit and that true happiness can only be found in the connections you make.  Thank you […]

I’m now 38 and finally confident enough to admit I’m lost


I turn 38 this week. And with official entrance into the late-thirties rodeo, I’ve finally gained enough confidence to admit –I’m lost. A few weeks ago at a party, I fell into a conversation with a young woman who recently graduated from college.  A mutual friend introduce me as a “writer” and informed me that […]

How to Cross a Threshold


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.–Marcus Aurelius I saw my neurologist today. After reviewing a recent MRI of my brain, he informed me that the deterioration that plagued […]

Celebrating Victory with the Living (and the Dead)


On Superbowl morning I went to Forest Hills Cemertary wearing my Eagles jersey. It’s February in Philadelphia and it’s cold and raining and my son is standing by my side and we’re looking down at the plaque marking the birth and death of my grandparents. Mike and Doreen. I tell them about how the Eagles […]

“She doesn’t read your blog anymore.”: The Most Important Lesson I Learned in 2017


I can live for two months on a good compliment.— MARK TWAIN When I was a kid my mom would hang my school art projects on the refrigerator door. She would tussle my hair, look down lovingly at me and tell me how great my art was. How it brightened up the kitchen. How I was […]

The Scary Work of Redefining Yourself


It was this week, last year that I published The Day I Learned I Could No Longer Jump ( or learning to fly). It was one of the greatest leaps I ever took. Here’s why. Any writer who tells you they’re not worried about how their work will be perceived is lying. Look dear reader, I […]

The Day the Girls Were Given Tampons


Our sixth grade teachers divide us into two groups: boys and girls. In the boys’ room, the teacher wobbles behind her podium and says words like penis, testicles, erection and sperm and I struggle to breath. I choke on my laughter. My face grows hot and my insides hurt and I’m pretty sure I’m going […]

The One Realistic Morning Routine That Will Make You a Better Person


We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. — Howard Zinn Morning routines are all the rage. They set the tone and increase optimal achievement throughout the day. According to the ultra successful like Oprah and Tony Robbins — ice baths, hot yoga, soul-cleansing meditation, marathon journal sessions and frolics up […]

Let’s Take a Look at My 11th Grade Report Card


On a recent cleaning binge, my mom found my 11th grade report card stuffed in a file box along with old writings, homework assignments and a certificate announcing that I had passed Drivers Education class in August of 1997. I’m 37 years old, and a high school teacher now, and everyday I witness the enormous […]

A Moment with Tom Petty


When Tom Petty died I was suddenly 19 again, wearing headphones and slumped in the backseat of a rented minivan. Dad is driving, Mom is riding shotgun and my two younger brothers are tucked in the middle bench watching Home Alone on a TV/VCR combo dad had strapped to a milk crate to entertain the […]