Unpack Your Bags

In one of our women's meetings at church, our teacher brought in a suitcase and rolled it around the room. She asked, "How many of you have unpacked your bags?" She confessed that she has lived here for years and never mentally or emotionally unpacked her bags. She said when we don't unpack our bags, we live with one foot out the door.  I wasn't the only woman in the room thinking,"This lesson is for me." I heard women whispering, "This is for me." And saw others nodding their heads as if it … [Read more...]

Let New Adventures Begin

A "For Sale" sign is sitting on our front lawn. Surreal. I've lived in the Washington, D.C. area since I was a senior in college. That was a long time ago. I came here -- like many others -- for an internship on Capitol Hill. And, I was smitten. What better place to live for someone with a love of journalism, politics, and people? When I got off the plane at National Airport, I watched for a woman named Claire holding a sign that said "Garn." Garn--  U.S. Senator Jake Garn from Utah -- … [Read more...]

Cancer Graduation Day

It finally came. The day I've been looking forward to for 10 years. I went to see my oncologist yesterday and she said, "Congratulations. You have graduated from oncology." Oncology -- the study and treatment of tumors. The field of medicine that is devoted to cancer. About a month ago I went to the breast surgeon's office and she said, "You don't need to come back anymore unless it gives you peace of mind to keep coming." No thank you, I told her, I will not be back. I am done with … [Read more...]

Weight Watchers Embarrassment

I've debated whether to share this embarrassing experience, but here goes... Last week, I went to Weight Watchers. That's not even the embarrassing part. After Weight Watchers, I went to the car repair shop, the grocery store, and Costco. When I got home, I realized I never took off my Weight Watchers nametag. Hello world! My name is Laurie. I am a Weight Watcher. I try not to advertise this because, for me, living the WW lifestyle is like slogging through mud. Progress is … [Read more...]

Blah-Grr

Dear loyal blog readers, Lately I have been a blah-grrr. As in, I feel too blah to blog. Grrr. I blame it on winter. I’m cold. And, I’ve been mourning the loss of the Braverman family on NBC’s Parenthood. I don’t watch much TV so it upsets me that the only show I really love ended. I haven’t been able to think straight since Zeek’s heart attack. Okay so that’s only part of the problem. It’s also J-a-n-u-a-r-y. Longest month of the year, well except for … [Read more...]