April 2019

My son, Alex, walks the farm fields that I enjoyed as a child.
Following the sudden death of my Dad, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions. Incredible sadness, mixed with anxiety, concern for my children, concern for my mom, fear, lackluster attitude, no energy, and this feeling that maybe I should just disappear into the wilderness and never return. I’ve always battled with my emotions – I just have so many of them! And, I’ve always struggled with staying in one...
Reading outdoors connects you with nature and your imagination!
I can’t imagine a life without daily reading. From the time I was a child, winning reading contests in Mrs. Fletcher’s third grade class to present day, where I read from a book, newspaper, or industry journal every day, reading is just part of who I am. By the way, the reading contests? A mixture of my competitiveness and my absolute love of reading books. One of the first books I can remember is...
Enjoy socializing with friends at the dog park or walking on the beach in the off season.
They used to say, “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” I never knew if that was true, but it sure seemed to be about the last two dogs I owned. “Food driven” is a familiar term to us dog folks. Years ago, I had a trainer who told our class to keep a fanny pack filled with the smelliest treats available and the dogs would do anything we wanted. Dewey and Mico are ready to go home...
Feeling like a couch potato? Lace up those shoes and get out the door!
At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was terrified to run. There was no reason to be scared – the current recommendation is that pregnant women should continue at the level of exercise they were used to before becoming pregnant, unless their provider advises them otherwise – but I was scared nonetheless. By about eight weeks, I knew that I would lose my mind if I went seven plus more months without...