A Visit to the Beauty Shop

When I was growing up, my mom went to the "beauty shop" every week to get her "hair done." That meant she went to Beth's, the neighborhood salon, and Beth shampooed, conditioned and towel-dried her hair. Then, she wrapped her wet hair around rollers, and sat her in a chair under a hooded hair dryer. Think Truvy in Steel Magnolias.   After sitting under the hair dryer, probably reading a romance novel, Beth styled mom's hair and sprayed enough hair spray on it to last for the next … [Read more...]

An Unforgettable Phone Call

We can probably all remember a phone call that changed our lives. One of those phone calls for me came 24 years ago today. It was a Sunday morning. I was at church, conducting a children's meeting. Doug came in, looking very somber, and motioned for me to come out into the hall. I instantly knew something was wrong. My mind quickly raced through the possibilities. I followed him out of the room, and we walked toward the Bishop's office. There was a heaviness in the room and a serious tone … [Read more...]

Writing it all down

It's New Year's Day 2016. I'm sitting on the couch thinking, "I should write a New Year's blog." Last year about this time, I wrote a blog called Blah-Grrr, which was less than inspiring, but it captured my mood at the time. This year, I want to write something BETTER, more MOTIVATIONAL, but I'm stuck. Hello Writer's Block. (The inability to tap into the writerly part of your brain where thoughts turn into words and sentences.) Part of the reason for this mental block is that I've set … [Read more...]

A not-so Cinderella experience

Have you read the quote that Cinderella is proof that the right pair of shoes can change your life? I'm not sure if that's true but I am proof that a memory of the wrong pair of shoes can stay with you forever.  I recently saw this picture on Facebook and it brought back some funny shoe memories. Let me say at the outset that I had shoe problems as a child. Problem #1: When all my friends were buying shoes in adult women sizes, I still wore children's shoes. Imagine the horror of dressing … [Read more...]

Lessons from NYC 9-11 Memorial

We recently visited the new 9-11 Memorial in NYC, which commemorates the lives of those lost in the terrorist attacks. One word: sad. Visitors streamed through the museum in silence; many with tears running down their cheeks. There were some parts of the museum that were so moving, I stifled outright sobbing. People lingered over the exhibits, especially the ones with recorded voices of passengers on the hijacked planes calling their loved ones to tell them goodbye. It … [Read more...]