College graduation and the true measure of success: Is it “who you are” or “what you will be”?

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”?

Her Breath on My Cheek: Mom’s kiss was just the Christmas gift I needed

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

Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season

Originally published in Bakersfield Life, November 2015 As an only child, I treasured our holiday gatherings, filled with my large and animated extended family. As an adult, I appreciate those get-togethers even more. But now, there’s an empty chair at our holiday table. Even while part of me is looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, … More Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season

I Love New York! How to Plan a NYC Vacation Your Whole Family Will Love

Mention you’re planning a trip to New York City and folks will be quick to tell you how much they love it or…how much they loathe it! A whirlwind girls’ trip whetted my appetite for the city years ago and I knew then: I fall in the “love it” column! Since then, I’ve wanted to … More I Love New York! How to Plan a NYC Vacation Your Whole Family Will Love

Facebook Got Us Through My Mother’s Illness

I’m so happy and grateful to say this post, one of my favorites in honoring my mom, was syndicated by the website BlogHer.com today.   Sometimes social media gets a bad rap.  Sure, virtual gathering places can result in unnecessary drama and rants.  But for me, social media – Facebook in particular – has been … More Facebook Got Us Through My Mother’s Illness