The Best Days?

An open letter to every kid who has ever rolled their eyes when an adult said, “Hey, these are the best days of your life!”: What do you mean “The Best Days”? First of all, I’m sorry if that didn’t make you feel better. We weren’t trying to downplay the stress you deal with on a daily basis. We didn’t…

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Eulogy for my Brother

Today would have been my brother Kevin’s 57th birthday. He died at the age of 46.  I lovingly publish the eulogy I gave for Kevin annually on this day to celebrate him, remember him, and share him. Kevin was the best. He really was. You would have liked him. And, I promise, no matter who you are, Kevin would have found…

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My Christmas Wish

Do you hear what I hear? Do you hear what others hear, see, feel and believe? That’s my Christmas wish for you. And for me. That we all give ourselves the gift of being open to others. Opinions. Ideas. Dreams. Goals. The older I get, the more I realize how much I have to learn. My gift to myself is…

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How Bunnies Learn to Love Veggies

My five-year-old Halloween had all the ingredients to be the best ever. At the time, however, it felt like the worst. And in the end, it probably was one of the top “teachable” moments of my childhood. This was the Halloween my mom made me the costume of all costumes. I was a bunny. (And before you start making jokes,…

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No More Mr. Bad Dad

Typically, December 1 is the day I begin to panic. I panic about holiday gifts. Holiday cards. The fall yardwork I’ve yet to tackle. And it’s the day I have to come to grips with the fact that yet another year is going to end with me staring at a long list of unfinished goals. But this December 1 was…

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A Tale of My 3 Mo Sistas

I love how connections work. I also love being reminded about goodness and good people. This is a short story about three very special women. Over the last month, they have quietly helped spread the important message of Movember – a worldwide campaign to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer and other men’s health issues – to…

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Step One

I hate this. I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon in October several months ago. At the time, I was still 6ish months post having run the Rome Marathon. So, while not in fabulous shape, I still had a mindset of “no problem!” Call that mistake number one. Fast forward one really crappy Chicago winter. One really crappy Chicago…

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Brad Pitt has NOTHING to Worry About

My first video as an official iVoice for iVillage hit the screen (er, website) today. I’m actually kind of proud of it. Just don’t ask me how many takes some of these scenes took! So where do YOU find clarity in your life?

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Six! My Annual Celebration of Being Cancer Free

My annual story of thanks. Enjoy. My fifth birthday party has long been the gold standard in my life for celebrations. Just ask Kristin, Kirk, Kathy, Debbie or Nancy. They were there. And I know they all relished in – and probably were a little jealous of – my highly original cowboy theme, the amazing assortment of backyard games, and…

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One in a Million (or at least 40,000)

Five years ago, the idea of jumping in to a race with thousands of other people would have scared the nylon running shorts off of me. I think it was a result of the same gene that had me show up to sophomore speech class time-and-time again with cotton mouth, and the one that prevented me from being an altar…

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