Three Scott family celebrations collided this weekend, creating a crazy combination of chaos, reminiscence, and pure joy. It all started with our Jake’s 24th birthday dinner on Friday, a weekend of fun, food, and a little drink with friends and family. It all culminated today with Jake’s master’s degree graduation ceremony and his dad’s Father’s … More College graduation and the true measure of success: Is it “who you are” or “what you will be”?
In honor of my mom this Mother’s Day, I will read Bossypants by Tina Fey. Not because she was bossy (even though, in her pre-retirement life as a school secretary, she could definitely BE bossy!). And also, not because I am bossy (even though I am). My stolen copy of Bossypants has been perched on … More How to Honor Mom’s Memory This Mother’s Day? With Laughter!
When confronted with change, taking just one step in the right direction can unlock a stronger, braver you Change can be hard and, for some of us, it can make us feel sad, scared, and almost paralyzed with uncertainty about how to move forward. But life is full of change. Whether it’s thrust upon us, … More The Power of One Brave Step
Both my boys go to school a couple of hours away from home…their experiences in college and living away from home have helped pave the way for a special and new kind of relationship with their old mom. … More “How Not to Die” and Other Resources for Parenting My College-Aged Sons
What does it mean to be a Christian? When I sat at the the hospital desk, pre-registering for the birth of my first son, I found myself presented with one of those questions that always made my palms sweat: What is your religious preference? That was more than 23 years ago, but I still remember the … More After Years of Searching for God, He Found Me
It’s time for summer vacation, and we’re having a great time already here in Playa del Carmen (no, Darren, it’s not Carmen del Playa) on the Caribbean side of Mexico. After a long day of traveling from Los Angeles yesterday, we were just happy to get here, even though it was dark and we couldn’t … More Hola From Playa del Carmen
Knowing how to help a friend or loved one who is in the throes of grief doesn’t always come naturally. In fact, the situation leaves many wondering what to say and how to say it, often causing us to say “nothing at all.” And if it’s difficult knowing what to say to a grieving adult, … More When a Child Grieves, We All Should Help
If you’re a lover of skyscrapers, architecture, and historic buildings, Chicago is a great place to visit. If you’re a foodie with an even more insatiable appetite for good shopping, then Chicago is an even better place to visit! I’ve heard lots of people refer to Chicago as their favorite city; it didn’t take much … More Chicago: Big City, Big Fun
The past week or so has been a whirlwind of activity with holiday events and work activities (sometimes with the two rolled up into one), filling up my days…and evenings…and early mornings. Fun? You bet. But even the excitement of celebrating professional successes and spending time with friends I adore can make this girl tired … More Her Breath on My Cheek: Mom’s kiss was just the Christmas gift I needed
Published in Bakersfield Life Magazine, December 2015 Remember the days when Christmas meant classroom parties and loads of sweet treats (goodies you didn’t have to make)? And maybe you wondered how Santa would get your presents down the chimney (but you knew he’d manage, so it wasn’t really a worry at all). Whatever your childhood … More Managing Holiday Stress Keeps the “Merry” in Christmas