Can You Let It Go?

 

Originally published in the Huffington Post on January 14, 2014.

Do you remember the thrill of riding a roller coaster? I would yell and scream and fully take in the ecstatic experience.  When the ride was over, I got off and savored the moment by saying “That was AWESOME!” Then, I let it go.

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Death, Cancer, 2014 New Year Resolutions

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A young colleague’s passing and two colleagues’ illness make me ponder my 2014 resolutions.

I received an e-mail that a dear colleague passed away today.  Her passing was not a surprise; she has been fighting recurring cancer for the past two years.  Yet, I was overwhelmed with grief for the rest of the day.

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Ten Things I Love About Portland

I wrote a blog last week: Ten things I love about Amsterdam, although I was only in that city for less than 48 hours.  It was well-received!  I thought why not write ten things I love about Portland, since I’ve lived here for almost two decades?

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Ten Things I Love About Amsterdam

I was in Amsterdam for less than 48 hours the other week.  Here are the ten things I discovered and loved about this beautiful city:

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My visit to the Van Gogh Museum

What a sunny and chilly day in Amsterdam!  8°C outside and I forgot to pack my winter jacket.  It was COLD!  I covered myself in layers of clothes as I was determined to venture out for a brisk walk and then visit the Van Gogh Museum.

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Ten things for which I am grateful…

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Originally published on the Huffington Post. 11/25/2013

On the eve of Thanksgivingkah, I decided to share ten things for which I am grateful… 

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What do hiking and Instagram have in common?

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At the dinner table on Thursday night, I announced to the whole family that we ARE going for a hike this Saturday.  We had not been for a weekend hike in quite a while due to tennis tournaments and various social obligations.  My teenage boys reluctantly agreed to participate (realizing that they had no choice!)

Despite getting a late start due to my boys and husband sleeping in, we finally got underway.  Of course, both boys had to bring their beloved iPods.  Between playing games and listening to their music, we managed to chat about sci-fi books, school, music and even girls.  The boys were “talking”!  A mom couldn’t ask for anything more. 

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3 Ways to Get Along With My Teenage Son

22218819_mOriginally published on Huffington Post on September 25, 2013. 

I smiled with mixed feelings when I heard the dialogue between Matt King (George Clooney) and Alexandra King, his daughter (Shaliene Woodley) in the 2011 comedy-drama the Decedents.

On a surprise visit to pick up his daughter from boarding school, Matt caught Alexandra drinking with friends. Here is the discussion they had the next morning. 

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