The Chattanooga Aquarium offers two buildings to explore fresh versus salt water creatures, a regular schedule of exhibit talks, and a heartbreaking question that haunted me for weeks after visiting. During the talk on turtles (please don’t ask which ones, they were big, I was listening and also making sure my daughter didn’t wander off … Continue reading How Turtle Scientists Can Help Us Parent Better
When life’s got you nostrils flaring, saying all the cuss words, and adding in “and another thing is” frustrated, what’s your go-to comfort? Now, I’ll pause here. Let me define comfort. The first definition of comfort on Definition.com is: to soothe in time of affliction or distress. Is it just me who finds the definition … Continue reading The Chocolate/Jesus Dilemma
New Year’s resolutions are trite, unhelpful, and usually destined for failure, and if I didn’t love them so much, I’d definitely stop making them. Am I the only one who enjoys a good goal? A personal growth intention synced up with the start of the New Year? For me, my 2020 resolutions fall into one … Continue reading 4 Small Steps to Growing My (sweet, dumb) Christian Soul
Do you Fitbit? If not, allow me to sing its praises. It tells me, to paraphrase that now-ancient Police tune, every step I take. It’s watching, as Sting was want to sing, every move I make. If I step, burn a calorie, gain an inch of ground, move for a set length of time, my … Continue reading Live Like You're FitBit
For me, sending a Christmas card, of our new blended family, tops the charts for challenging. This has me wondering: do you have beautiful, but unusual or tender circumstances you struggle to celebrate? Sharing good news in our lives can be so much harder than expected. Because what’s possible on the other side of that … Continue reading Recipe to Not Be Afraid
Did you know there are two ways to define wassail? Googling “wassail” here’s the first thing to pop up: drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.”he feasted and wassailed with his warriors”synonyms:drink and make merry · go on a drinking bout · go on a binge · … Continue reading We Wassailed. Ish.
Have you taken a moment to thank your Past Self today? I worked with a woman who did. Searching through a set of files, she’d discover some random, but now useful, piece of design from previous years, and say, “Thank you, Past Loralyn, for saving that.” Past Loralyn? Past Self? I loved this. Flash forward … Continue reading Self Five