Frankly, this year was not great for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons that I think I can summarize in one word: discord. That discord materialized in a lot of ways throughout the year: terrorism, Brexit, US Presidential elections, deaths, health problems, breakups, and personal crises. It sounds weird, but I feel bad for 2016. It was a year that was just at the wrong place and the wrong time, and now everybody hates it. How… Read more »


  This morning my son sweetly reminded me that Christmas Eve is just eight days away. I know he meant well by it, but it really just felt a little like he was trolling me. I love the Christmas season. I love Christmas scents and flavors, decorations, music, and all the holly and jolly. Unfortunately, I am a total loser and procrastinator when it comes to living out that Christmas spirit. In my defense, the 2-3 weeks after Thanksgiving are probably… Read more »

gilmore girls

  No spoilers about the new season of Gilmore Girls on Netflix other than this – it is outstanding. I was such a big fan of the original show that I considered naming my daughter Lorelei. My son is named Luke, and I the show did have some role in that choice of name (although was just part of the naming consideration). It’s probably a good thing that they are not Luke and Lorelei though because that would be pretty… Read more »

american presidential election

Dear Friends, Remember my post about friendship being more important than political speech? Let’s remember that today and not throw stones at people who voted for Trump. Half of the country does not hate Muslims, Mexicans, women, the LGBQT+ community, or anyone else. What do these results mean? They mean that America is discontent and divided about how to move ahead into the future. This is not the first time in our history that we’ve faced these feelings. America was… Read more »

There is a topic that has been bothering me for a while, and I have been searching for the best way to address it with my followers. I thought about posting a video to my Youtube channel talking about it, and I might still do that. For now, I want to get my thoughts down in words. I want to write the things that I want my daughter, her friends, my students, and girls around the world to consider.  … Read more »


Have you ever heard of or taken the Myers-Briggs Personality Test? The full test is quite comprehensive, but there are a lot of places online that will give you a simplified version of the test. Your personality gets scored in four different facets. Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? Do you take in and interpret information through sensing or intuition? Is your decision-making governed by feeling or thinking? Do you interact with the outside world by judging or… Read more »