Well, I finally did it. I finally did the thing I’ve been avoiding for months. I bought an alarm clock for my bedroom. You may think this a superfluous expense. Why not just use my phone as an alarm clock, like the rest of the country does?
A few weeks ago my husband made a comment as I was dabbing on concealer under my eyes after a particularly fitful night. That comment proved to be the inspiration for Tuesday’s article, The War Paint of the 21st century That article was simultaneously one of the easiest and hardest articles I’ve ever written.
The alarm goes off too early, always too early. As she drags herself out of bed, groaning with the effort, she wishes, as she so often does, that she could have just a little more rest. She surveys herself in the bathroom mirror. Her face is haggard, the stress lines readily apparent in her once-youthful… Read More The War Paint of the 21st Century Woman
As fall came to a close, I had come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn’t going to make good progress on my fall bucket list this year. I really was ok with that. I’ve done a lot of other cool things this fall, including several amazing trips and getting my first book… Read More Winter bucket list
Happy Halloween! I have to be honest, it was hard for me to even type that sentence. Ever since I was little, I’ve always hated this holiday. The creepy decorations, the ghoulish costumes, the weird music…there is pretty much nothing about this holiday that I enjoy. I always breathe a sigh of relief when November… Read More What I like about Halloween
I grew up in the small town of Potosi, Missouri, which is about 100 miles south of St. Louis. In school, I was always involved in choir, band, theater, and that type of thing. After college, I was a music director at a church for seven years, and I’ve been a college professor for the… Read More Kent S: Make your own luck
Last week I had a major battle with insecurity. It happens a lot to me, when the demons of doubt and fear start yelling in my ears, telling me that I’m not good enough, that I’ll never be good enough.
A few weeks ago I attended a conference in Tennessee. Throughout the weekend, as I told my story of loss, tragedy, excitement and adventure, I heard one particular refrain over and over again: “you’re so brave.” Every time someone said this, I fought the urge to scoff. I’ve never considered myself brave. I cry in… Read More How I learned to accept my bravery
Last night I heard a wonderful story. I was visiting a friend, and the subject of my recently begun violin lessons came up. He began telling me about a famous violinist in the 1700’s, one of the most famous in the world. Many would say, in fact, that he was the best violinist the world… Read More The challenge of the violinist
Last year I hired a marketing consultant. Let’s call her Melanie. Initially she was quite helpful, but lately she’s been harder and harder to reach. Every time I ask her how she is, I always get some variant of “I’m good, just super busy – I’m always working these days!” At first, I fell prey… Read More Don’t fall prey to the mystique of a glamorous life