Nuggets of Wisdom from an Unconventional Dad

dadboat I was blessed with an unconventional father, although I must admit the blessing sometimes felt like a curse. He was a nice guy and people loved him because he was always fun to be around. But when I was younger, I longed for more of a Ward Cleaver-type father. My dad owned a restaurant, worked nights, smoked, gambled and drank too much. Life was one big party and he always made things interesting. I certainly learned a lot from him about what not to do. He wasn’t big on doling out advice (mostly because he knew I’d probably do the opposite of what he suggested), but I did gather several useful nuggets along the way. Continue reading

I Can’t Do It All

IMG_20141106_135258 (3)As some of you know, for the last few weeks I’ve been immersed in the Skinny Dip Society, with Katie Den Ouden.  Her passion for helping others achieve health and happiness, so that they can live their best life, is why I “jumped in.”  I promised you reports on my progress and those are coming, eventually, but this is not one.

Those of you who’ve known me for a long time are aware that I’ve been stuck for a while – even more so since my brother’s passing.  As a friend recently put it, I often feel like I’m racing on a hamster wheel.  It seems as though I’m constantly moving, but unfortunately never getting anywhere.  Another loved one described me this way – it’s like I’m a top that’s spinning and spinning, with no destination. Continue reading

#AskAwayFriday with Tamera Like Camera

206506_18080408832_558878832_115888_4166_n[1]One of my new friends in the blogging community is Tamera Bowman, a photographer, blogger and writer from western Massachusetts.  I discovered Tamera on the #Blogging411 show, which is co-hosted by my friend Allison Carter.  On the show, Allison told Tamera how much she loved her blog, especially her photos.  I checked out her blog, Tamera Like Camera, and became a fan.   After exchanging comments and emails, we discovered that we have a lot in common.  Just check out this picture:  Continue reading