Are We There Yet? Mentally Preparing For Your Road Trip With Kids

As we look toward spring breaks and summer trips, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my tips for traveling with kids. I am preparing to drive with my ten and eleven-year-old children for eighteen hours from Florida back to Indiana. I’d like to say that my carefully laid plans have been flawlessly executed, and the trip… View Post

A Shocking Discovery

Sunday Edition 3/18/18 Funny story. I noticed the other morning that the Thanksgiving platter I store above my upper cabinets was sitting all cock-eyed. I climbed up to fix it and was surprised to find a small Ziploc bag containing a white powdery substance. I first thought it must be a baking ingredient one of my daughters had bagged for… View Post

About My Mom…It’s Complicated

Sunday Edition 4/11/18 My mom was an avid coffee drinker. She’s been gone twenty years, but I have her old mug. Dad brought it to me a couple of years ago. Seeing it again caused some feelings of ambivalence, so I tucked it in the back of the cabinet and decided to think on it later. If mom had been… View Post

Mayberry’s Active Shooter Drills

Sunday Edition February 25th, 2018 Like the rest of the country, I’ve been thinking a lot about guns. You can’t turn on the news, or log into social media, without being bombarded with opinions ranging between a desire for a total ban to those who say gun ownership should remain part of the fabric of America. So, here’s where I’m… View Post

Becoming Clearly Claremohr

Sunday Edition 2/11/18 On December 7th, I had a date with a judge. I didn’t marry him, but he did grant my petition for a new last name. It goes against societal norms for a woman to change her name unless she is attaching herself to a man, so this has been difficult for some to accept. However, the vast… View Post

A Very Brady Sex Life

 I recently read an article that states: “You ask me to have sex when the dishes are still piled up in the sink, and I’ll just consider it another chore I need to do before I get to the dishes. Sex for most women most of the time is a performance we put on so we can get on with doing… View Post

Bathing In The Present

This weekend, I seized an opportunity to soak in a hot bath. I’ve missed having a nice tub, and had been longing to once again immerse myself in the bathing experience. After three years of showering, finally slipping my entire body into hot, sudsy water felt incredibly luxurious. It seems that the key to contentment is to be intentionally present… View Post

An Open Letter To My Future Partner

I have spent considerable time exploring the world, learning better ways of doing relationships; a better way of loving than what I have previously known. As I see it, there are some core flaws in the expectations of the general masses. People meet, fall in love, and immediately want to glom their lives together, trying to become one, and expecting… View Post

A Silly Little Poem and Some Big Thoughts on Love

I can say to a man: I love your car I love your place I love your couch I love your face I love your dog I love how much you love your dog I love how much your dog loves you I love your laugh I love your hair I love our conversations I love what you wear I… View Post

Mrs. Bentley’s Bowl

I was pretty much born in church. I was actually Baby Jesus in the Christmas nativity, and my young parents played Mary and Joseph. So, I grew up surrounded by church ladies who knew me from infancy. They were faithful friends to my grandmother, and I belonged to all of them. But Mrs. Bentley was different. She was quiet, and… View Post

Mindfully Resolving to Make 2018 a Beautiful Year

I’ve never been particularly fond of New Year’s resolutions. In the past, I felt like I was setting myself up for failure because it is highly unlikely that I will ever become thin and organized. In more recent years, my resolve was directed at simply surviving another year. But this time around, things are different. Having spent the past twelve… View Post

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