Recipe for Summer Joy

summer recipe for joy

“Summer Lovin’ had me a blast…”  IT’s officially summer, so let’s get into it!  How?  I have a recipe you’ll love…guaranteed to make your summer joy happen; Continue reading “Recipe for Summer Joy”

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Fathers are From Mars, Daughters are From Venus

fathers are from mars, daughters are from venus
Ryan O’Neal with daughter Tatum circa 1975

Recently, dining out in a casual restaurant I observed a father and daughter sitting at the next table.  There was quiet conversation over a beer while they waited for their meal.  Shortly after the extra large pizza arrived, the daughter got up from the table with a shake of the head as though the pizza was making her suddenly ill.  The father in a flash was left sitting alone seemingly bewildered.  He explained to the kind waitress the pizza would now be ‘to go’.  As she carefully took the pizza from the table I discretely Continue reading “Fathers are From Mars, Daughters are From Venus”

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The Woman Wearing the Scarlett Letter

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Demi Moore in The Scarlett Letter

I’ve never felt so ostracized as I did post divorce.  I was the woman wearing the Scarlett Letter, it seemed.  It turns out you don’t need to be an adulterer to be shunned, especially if you are the one to end the marriage.   Can you return without the social stigma?  Is it true you can never go back?  Can you walk the same streets and feel like the same person?  If you have relocated after a difficult divorce, you may return one day and ask yourself these very questions.  I pondered these questions upon my return to a city my children still call home. Continue reading “The Woman Wearing the Scarlett Letter”

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Motherhood Defined

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My favorite picture of my kids

Starting with the blue stick through to sticky glue, sticky fingers and sticky situations; motherhood has it all.  When we decide to have babies we think of it as a destination, a place we’ve come to or a decision we’ve made.   But motherhood defined, is a JOURNEY.   A beginning, middle and an end that hopefully never comes until it’s our turn to leave this world.

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The Wine Diaries-Choose Love over Logic

wine diariesWelcome to the wine diaries, a more personal blog that you will find randomly intermixed with my regular blog topics.  Each diary entry will be paired with appropriate wines.  For the third in this ongoing series, I ruminate on my failure to choose love over logic and the consequences and lessons that ensued.  What would you do?

CHOOSE LOVE OVER LOGIC

I have a girl in my life but I’m not referring to my daughter.  She’s actually my great niece.  But her story is interesting.  It’s one worth sharing.  She doesn’t even know it but she taught me a lesson many years ago.  She showed me what certain people’s priorities were.  She showed me the emptiness of my marriage.  Sarah taught me the meaning of regret because I didn’t choose love over logic. Continue reading “The Wine Diaries-Choose Love over Logic”

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Silence Is NOT Golden – divorce abuse

Abuse during divorce is more common than we realize.  When we take the step to end our marriage, we extricate ourselves from the marital turmoil only to find ourselves the target of even more abusive behaviors.  The ex can become aggressive, verbally abusive, threatening, and sometimes paranoid.  The truth is the bigger their ego, the more intensely they react to the end of the marriage or relationship.  Continue reading “Silence Is NOT Golden – divorce abuse”

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Parenting Challenges

parenting challenges

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest challenges during divorce and in the initial stages of separation, is parenting. Parenting is a labour of love even in intact homes.  However, add divorce and it is  riddled with guilt, logistical obstacles, loneliness and tug of war.  If you’re experiencing any of this know you’re not alone. Continue reading “Parenting Challenges”

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Blue Christmas?

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Our favorite; Charlie Brown and his famous tree

One of the most difficult times of the year for divorced and broken families is undoubtedly the Christmas Season.  Especially the first couple of years when it is a time for re-building and transitioning the new family unit.  Continue reading “Blue Christmas?”

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