Steel Magnolia

If you live in the South, you know that the magnolias are blooming. Their scent is as gentle and sweet as their petals are big and bold. Holding one, you notice that they are thick, weighty and velvety. It is no surprise that they have symbolized nobility and dignity since ancient times. Coming of age …

Parts Unknown

Much has been said, and will continue to be said, about Anthony Bourdain. I know he made me feel more brave and in awe of the world--not just of the bright and shiny facade of the places we travel, but the small treasures hidden around crooked corners, of the people and the food and the …

Run Your Own Race

Last night, my 15 year old son won Rookie of the Year on his track team. I promise you that this article isn't an excuse to make a parental brag post (but it is really great, right?) Actually, it was something that the coach said in his speech that still stuck with me this morning. …

Of Grit and Grace

Several years ago, had someone told me I would make the choice to compete in an endurance race that involved crawling under barbed wire through rocky mud pits, hurling oneself over 15 foot high walls and jumping over fire pits, I would have thought they were crazy. At a petite 5'3", I am hardly an …

Nothing profound to say. Just my photo of last night's sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Have a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend. I'll see you back here next week.

The Scientifically Proven Emotional Benefit of Experiencing Collective Joy (Yes, Even Royal Weddings)

Yesterday I saw someone lament on social media that we were still talking about the royal wedding a whole four days later. He was over it, people. Let's get back to the real world with its runnels of car-engulfing lava and stomach churning political climate! Part of me could absolutely relate. I, too, get consumed with …