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The shoe and the thimble

I haven’t played a game of Monopoly in quite some time and was amazed at my surprise reaction to Hasbro’s “Save Your Token” campaign they kicked off today. After 80 years, they are retiring the racecar, iron, Scottie dog, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat, thimble or battleship. The piece with the least amount of votes will… Read More ›

Where the forest ends

After a two hour drive to the mountains and setting up camp, I always take a walk around checking out my neighbor’s tents and trailers, finding the trailhead for one of the many hikes I’ll be taking, and of course, locating the restroom. One of Kim’s requirements of camping is that we always get a… Read More ›

Is fear holding you back?

The last three years have been rocky for me. My children grew up and left; one to college across the country, and one to the streets as a drug addict. My sister was brutally attacked at nine months pregnant, and to top it off, I gained fifteen pounds. I had always been the person who… Read More ›

Bunny

Sitting in the pew of my country church one Sunday, contemplating life’s big questions, and also creating a shopping list for the evening’s dinner, Father McCully caught my attention as he started to tell a story about truthfulness. Father McCully lived in a modest house behind the country church, along the Sacramento River. He was… Read More ›

New blog euphoria

Are you doing what you love? I’ve heard that when you do what you love it won’t feel like work. Everyone around me is appearing to live his or her best life. While I trudge with a 45-minute commute, going to my mediocre job, those around me are waking up to their exciting careers. While… Read More ›

Coming Soon: Happy Camper Project

In 1993 my friend Kim (mom to two-year old James) and I (mom to two-year old Haily and one on the way – to be named Hannah) decided to set up a tradition with our kids. The idea was to take a week every summer to go camping at the Sugarpine State Park in Lake… Read More ›

Why husbands should handle (certain) situations

My husband and I live a few houses down from my mom in a small, rural community thirty minutes from town. When we run out of eggs, sugar, milk, wood, detergent, or any other such disposable household item, I can pop in at her house and get what I need. Preparing for a small dinner… Read More ›

Muffin Top

Even before my eyes open, my mind is busy processing the position of my body. My ears come alive to listen for the waking sounds of my husband. Trying not to wake him, I slowly reach down, as I do every morning, knowing what I’ll find. I groan as I realize it’s still there. Two… Read More ›

Great-Great History

Originally published in Lincoln News Messenger 2005. In 1889, with only a few dollars in his pocket, a young Swiss man named John J. Scheiber stepped off the boat at Ellis Island with dreams of running his own dairy in the land of opportunity.  The twenty-year old Scheiber, along with two sisters Henrietta and Anna,… Read More ›

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