Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation: middle-aged adults caught between the obligations of raising children and taking care of aging, sometimes ill, parents.  Being a caregiver to one person can be draining, but being caregiver to many is often overwhelming, with the person in charge typically running on reserve tanks of little-to-no sleep, poor nutrition (despite feeding everyone else healthily) and not always with a strong support system in place.   In the past three days, two friends of mine have lost a […]

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The Butterflies Prevail

When I was 5 years old I experienced my first-ever crush on a human being.  He was a fireman friend of my father’s and I remember just wanting to disappear into the woodwork with my first team of butterflies in my stomach.  Somehow, I managed to squeeze my tiny frame between the stove and countertop, a feat usually reserved for rats that can collapse their bones in order to hide in small spaces.  My emotions had me in a tight […]

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Lucky gopher.

Spruce Up Your Garden in Three Easy Steps is what the magazine announced on its cover.  But, I didn’t bother to open it up to read the article or find out what the steps were. Instead, I just opened up the back door to my yard, held my breath and closed my eyes.  Yup, they were right. Just three easy steps and in my mind’s eye the blighted landscape that is behind my house was all spruced up.  There was […]

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You say tomato, I say pasta sauce.

My son has language processing issues and despite being 13 years old, he communicates more like a typical 8 or 9 year old.  I’m not complaining, because the first half of life was spent yelling.  Yelling, accompanied by tantrums, as a result of not being able to express his thoughts and emotions.   While I’m perfectly fine with the 4th grade potty humor that now comes with my son’s slow development (reading the Captain Underpants series is a big source […]

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Are you Twitterpated?

In the movie Bambi, one of the characters is accused of being twitterpated, meaning all swoony and loopy in love.  Living in an age where immediate information swirls and twirls about your head, it can be a bit like that.  I’ve met more than a few people who are confused by the social networking phenomenon and wonder what it’s all about, Alfie.  A few months ago I attended a conference where Jenn Bailey was speaking (founder of www.thesociallites.com) and she […]

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Everybody is talking about the weather…

… but nobody’s doing anything about it.” — Mark Twain   It’s raining here in Southern California and the television, radio and internet is full of non-stop talk about it.  Newscasters wrinkle their botoxed brows as they discuss the possibility of mudslides in burn areas and the rise in rain-related incidents all across the Southland.  Radio stations have increased their traffic and weather reports to raise our awareness (and anxiety levels) as to what’s going on fifty miles in every direction.  […]

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An absorbent observer

Over the course of my life I have often heard the words, “You’re not very observant.”  It’s true.  I’m not.  At least, not in the way some people might like me to be, but I think we all have various levels of observation that form our ability to see people, places and things.   For me, the whole visualization thing is pretty low on my list.  I have been guilty of not noticing people’s eye color or recalling what a […]

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