Blog-Turned-OpEd Piece While writing a blog post about the importance of mentoring in my own life, the message grew to include how we can all help young (and not-so-young) people grow to be successful in whatever career they choose. The following piece was published in the December 25, 2014 issue of The Bakersfield Californian: As … More Mentoring People of All Ages Will Build a Stronger Workforce and it Falls on All Our Shoulders
A pocket full of rocks when I was a kid meant this girl had a smile on her face. My favorites were the Apache teardrops from Papa (I now know they were obsidian), then there were the sparkly ones I so desperately wanted to believe were embedded with silver. Technically, my Papa’s arrowheads (that are … More Polishing Rocks
Jake and I went for a run in an unfamiliar place today. The San Diego morning greeted us with warm, bright, happy sunshine. Always, when we’re on vacation, we plan morning runs; sometimes we actually make those runs happen! Today we didn’t have a solid route, just a general direction: turn left here, then right … More When Your Compass Needs Adjusting, Just Run!
Monday evening yoga is my favorite, but it means packing up my items early in the morning, during the pre-work rush. When packing for yoga class, I recommend taking an extra moment to ensure you have selected the right items. Otherwise, the results can be quite revealing. Monday night yoga is the best: It’s free, … More Pack Carefully for Yoga to Avoid a Revealing Experience
The top of our Christmas tree is doing a backbend. The crown jewel, our star, was just more than it could handle. It’s not really that big, the star, but it’s evidently too heavy for the thin neck of our tree. In fact, it’s bent so far back that it’s completely hidden; a visitor would … More To Bend Without Breaking, Look Up
The cutest little skunk joined us on our run today. Actually, I think we joined HIM on HIS run because we caught up as he moved (quite quickly for the short-legged guy) near the curb, against traffic, in what is normally my assigned running position. We live in a well-developed area, but you never know … More Running with Skunks
What kind of mother am I? I haven’t placed a single Christmas present under the tree yet. It’s been up, waiting, since Thanksgiving weekend. But alas, no presents yet. When the boys were little, this mom (like many others) made sure at least a few presents were displayed the very day the tree went up. … More March of the Christmas Presents