12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 2

My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba and … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 2

12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 1

My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba and … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 1

Modern Family

What is a modern family? In the ’50s, it was the Ricardos, Nelsons, and Cleavers. In the ’60s, the Addams, Montgomerys, and Robinsons. In the ’70s, the Bradys, Jeffersons, and Bunkers. In the ’80s, the Ewings, Keatons, and Huxtables. In the ’90s, the Bowers, Tanners, and Simpsons. And in this century, the Sopranos, Pritchetts, and Bluths (my favorite). But there’s been another type of family growing in ranks … More Modern Family

2012

We talk a lot about what we did and what happened to us at the close of a year. But what about what we’ve learned? As I step into 2013, I take with me the lessons I gleaned from 2012. Included below is my personal list of 12 for ’12. But I’m curious: How would you complete … More 2012

Giving Thanks

Our lives, in both good and bad times, are very much a product of the influential people who surround us. Today I’m acknowledging 10 such people in my life. (You might even be surprised by the last one.) I encourage you to do so, too, whether it’s by phone, handwritten letter, e-mail, or even a simple … More Giving Thanks

Grandparents’ Day

Yesterday was Grandparents’ Day. If you forgot or were too busy enjoying the last hurrah of summer or simply didn’t know, now’s your chance to remedy that. Stop what you’re doing, call that special someone right now, and say thank you. Never underestimate what an incredible treasure it is to know them and to know … More Grandparents’ Day