identity crisis


I love this picture because I wasn’t posing. My son Stuart took it when I was watching my new husband speak about Schrodinger’s Cat at a presentation for his new book The Quantum League. Matt and I had only been married about a month. (Apparently, I hold my hands in weird ways and touch my face when I’m not aware of it.)

Once upon a time, I wanted to write novels. It was a mired path coming to that decision—with long distance chats with my mom and sister about finding our passions, hours of watching Oprah, and follow-up calls with my mom and sister about what we had just watched on Oprah. Once I finally settled on writing fiction as what I wanted to do, I put everything I had into it. At first, I trod carefully, like peering from behind the doorway into a crowded room. So I started by trying to find other people who also wanted to write, and as luck would have it (or Providence), I met a nice girl at church. Her name was Julie, and she confessed in one of our first conversations that she had actually been published once and that she really wanted to be an author. We became fast friends and started working toward our dreams. We went to conferences, joined writing groups, entered contests, bought laptops, flew to England to research our stories, started submitting—well, she did. I was still too scared, and still too ADD to get anything done.

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my daily skin routine


photograph by Stuart Richardson, 2009

martha stewart coverHave you seen the beautiful issue of Martha Stewart Living this month? I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a big picture of a cake, do you? The articles in the magazine are beautiful as well. There’s one on edible flowers that makes me want to buckle down and actually start a garden. In “Good Things,” they have instructions for how to make giftwrap using soap bubbles and paint, and in the “Beauty & Style” section, there’s a picture of me!

Hahaha! I’m not kidding! The picture is actually in an advertisement for Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. They had asked me and another couple of bloggers to write about our beauty rituals, and I wrote about how I wash my face!

So, if you’re in the store, and see a copy of the May 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Living, pick up a copy, turn to page 53, and then you can tell the cashier, “Hey, I know this girl!!”

Oh, and one more quick thing that they edited out for space, I think. When I wash my face, after I rinse with really hot water, I always rinse with really cold water. It makes my skin feel very smooth afterwards.

a belated blogaversary


I didn’t realize until tonight that I started my blog exactly one year ago Sunday! It may not be that significant a milestone for many people who keep blogs, but for me, it has been a huge milestone.

Bear with me a moment as I get a bit personal without spilling too much (I imagine I will be spilling a bit more in the coming months).

A year ago, I started this blog as a way to express some of my interests and talents, hoping I would one day be able to see it grow into something more. Any of my expectations for readership were far surpassed in my first few months of blogging, and I was thrilled to see my stats on Google Analytics sky rocket in such a short time. It was in those beginning weeks I gained some of my most loyal readers.

Then in early October, my personal life was turned upside down (sorry I can’t really elaborate at this point, I can be more open about it in a future post), and blogging became very difficult. I want to say to all my loyal readers, who bore with me through the fall and winter, THANK YOU. I know there were weeks when I didn’t have much to share, but you came anyway, and I really appreciate that.

In the spring, I guess I got my second wind, because I was able to post more. That was also when my brother and I started to come up with the new look and feel of the blog, and the rest, of course, you can see before you.

I have grown in so many ways in the last year. Amidst my darkest days, I have felt the true love of friends, which has helped me carry on. Though I don’t know most of you, my readers, personally, your comments have helped keep me afloat in the most challenging time of my life. And because of that, this year has also been one of the most rewarding.

So, thank you! To everyone. I hope we have many more wonderful years to come, as we share with each other ideas on how to make our families well-read, well-bred, and well-fed.

big smooches,

reasons not to whine


Hey. How is everyone?  I have been dying to post this picture for ages now.  A couple years ago, this HUGE butterfly landed on the lilac bush in our back yard.  It let us hold it, pass it between the kids, and take pictures of it.  After about ten minutes, it reluctantly flew away.  Pretty amazing.  There you go, now you can see my picture.

Alright, so last night, as I was feeling sorry for myself, I stopped by cJane.

Of course, I came away feeling grateful for my own life and how it’s going, when she talked about Carol Decker. She is a beautiful young mom who, during an emergency Caesarian section, which caused an infection that led to more complications, lost her legs, left arm, and her eyesight.  

Reading her story sure made me stop whining.  When I started to blog last year I thought, “Oh, la-dee-dah, this will be fun, I’ll put up pictures of food and kids and stuff, and try to make my life look interesting.”  It has been that, quite a bit — it’s been very fun. But on the other hand, it has taken me to the depths of some people’s lives on such a personal level, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same.  I’m sure many of you are familiar with Nie-Nie, and how she survived a small plane crash with her husband last year.  I can only read her blog every week or two, because I just end up sobbing.  She is so brave, so filled with love.  She never lets herself get down for too long, when to me it seems she has every right to.  After reading each post, I am inspired to cherish my own life, and the trials I have that teach me to be a better person

It has been about a year since Carol’s terrible ordeal, and caring individuals are hosting an online silent auction to raise money for the overwhelming medical bills.

The auction will start on the 14th, so get ready.  If you click on that link above, it will let you know how you can bid, or donate items and money. 

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