Category: Finding Balance

The Orphan in My Family Tree

I’d like you to meet Fritz. He is my great great grandfather on my mother’s mother’s mother’s side. His parents are a mystery in my family tree, and I love a good mystery. Family lore informs us that Fritz, whose real name was Frederick, was born sometime in […]

Screen Shot of 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge that shows 76 books completed of the 104 book goal.

11 Books Behind

I’m generally more of a “the journey is the thing” person than a goal oriented person, but for the past few years I’ve enjoyed participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. In years past, I’ve set reading goals that I knew would be pretty easy to blow past. My […]

November Writing: 31 Days 

Anyone else want to write with me? For the past six years, I’ve participated in posting 31 Days of November Thankful Thoughts on Facebook. The first year I did it, I was looking for an easy way to focus on the good things happening in my life at […]

Censorship, Selection & Banned Books

Banned Books Week kicked off yesterday. I love Banned Books Week. It is a whole week dedicated to awesome stuff like celebrating our freedom to read and highlighting our right to access diverse material of our own choosing at our school and public libraries. And, equally as awesome, […]

Summer Road Trip, 2016

The Vagabond Teen and I hit the road for a summer adventure as our Vagabond Soldier left for his own adventure afar. Here are but a few photos…and after the photos a sampling of our travel playlist. Our take away from the experience: America is amazing and wonderful and […]