I was driving across the country recently when I noticed a funny noise coming from the engine of my trusty Honda Accord on the long stretch of highway through central Nebraska. Not knowing what I was dealing with, I pulled off the nearest exit and drove into Kearney, Nebraska looking for an auto repair shop. [...]


Make a Change

I was at Wal-Mart with my son checking out. Just as the gentleman in front of us was about to take his leave after checking out he turned to my seven year old son and asked “Do you want some change?” My son at first confused, and then realizing the man was offering him money, [...]


A True Gentleman

I was flying from Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah with my 7 month old son. He is a very good baby, but babies require so much extra gear. I arrived at the gate with my stroller, car seat, and carry on bags in tow. I looked around for a place to sit so [...]


I’m Lovin It

Having recently recovered from a painful neurological flare, I decided to treat myself to something to eat and drink at McDonald’s.  Unfortunately, my fine motor skills aren’t so good sometimes and the plastic lids for the sodas can be hard for me to manage. A very kind construction worker must have noticed I was still [...]


Protect and SERVE

My friend and I were at Chick-fil-a with our two ten-year-old daughters, grabbing a bite to eat before taking to a movie.  After we had almost finished our meal, my daughter begged me for one of their amazing shakes.  I gave her some money to go up and order and pay for it. Right behind [...]


Happy Forth of July!

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me [...]


Anything But Ordinary

On a summer day very much like today several years ago I found myself swimming with friends at my neighbor’s pool. The day was decidedly ordinary. We swam almost every day in the summer. My little brother, who is four years younger than me, found his way to the deep end of the pool without [...]


My Guardian Angels

Yesterday was my birthday.  My boyfriend and I had spent it drinking and dancing the night away. We both had enjoyed the libations a bit too much and we were arguing.  Drunk as I was I asked him to drop me off in the middle of Boston and he obliged.  Soon enough I realized I [...]


It’s in the details

To the person (you know who you are) . . . – who volunteered to detail my car on his/her day off – who came to my house to pick it up – who took it and washed it and, best as I can tell, vacuumed it for THREE HOURS – who spent five hours [...]


Hiking Hollywood

A few days ago we visited the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. We decided to hike up to the Hollywood sign from there based on a recommendation. Its a great hike and you can see the city in every direction. The hike was longer than anticipated though. By the time we reached the sign, it [...]