• Life

    Mothers and Daughters

    I’ve been thinking of my mother a lot lately. She died in September of 2017, just before I was married. It was heartbreaking to have the wedding without her. It’s been so difficult to be a mother myself when I don’t have mine any more. My mother’s death was a surprise to me. For the two years before she died she went downhill and uphill again. There were times, three of them at least, when we were sure she was going to die. She received the Last Rites more times than I can count. I was lucky to have been there for her. When I was a teenager, in high…

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    Week in Review, Vol. 27

    I can’t believe it’s the end of 2018! In some ways this year has gone by in a flash but in others it’s definitely dragged on. I wanted to bring this series back before the calendars flip over to 2019! This is an old Humans of New York post but it breaks my heart every time I think about it. We’ve come a long way but not nearly far enough. My son loves to listen to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Judy Collins, so I can’t believe I just found out about this album. It’s been on repeat today! I would love and support any of these amazing women…

  • Resolutions
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    Resolutions

    I haven’t necessarily been successful in keeping up my New Year’s resolutions. In fact I think a lot of people are unsuccessful because they try to do too much all at once–like making a resolution to go to the gym every day when they hadn’t been going at all. My resolutions this year, therefore, are striving to be more realistic and hopefully habit-forming. I’m hoping to keep myself accountable here! Below are my resolutions for 2019: Buy and use a paper planner I’ve been using my phone’s reminder feature and Gmail’s new Tasks feature to try to keep myself organized, but I haven’t found it to be too successful, except…

  • Happy Holidays
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    Happy Holidays!

    I know I haven’t been around lately–life has gotten particularly busy!–but I just wanted to pop in and wish all my wonderful readers a happy holiday season. We’ve got our tree, finally decorated it early this week (we didn’t want the baby to pull things down, but he’s been very good!), and I wrapped all my presents at last this morning. I’m a terrible wrapper and I had been putting it off. We’ve also bought the champagne for my family’s Christmas morning tradition of imbibing a bit of bubbly while opening presents 😉 Again, happy holidays and have a happy New Year! I’ll be back more in 2019, I promise.

  • Giving Tuesday
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    Giving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday is a hugely important day in the nonprofit world as it encourages people to give to the nonprofits that benefit their lives. As an employee at a nonprofit, today is a busy day of emails, Facebook posts, and fundraising letters. I did want to take a quick moment to highlight some of my favorite nonprofits and ones I will be donating to. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society My mother had MS for over 30 years–it becomes an extremely debilitating disease, and while new strides are often made, medical research is expensive. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society not only funds new research, but also spreads awareness. Planned Parenthood This…