Does Time Heal All Wounds?

Some years ago, three of my closest relationships ended in a span of two months. I was heartbroken. In my mind, I had committed so much love, time and energy to these relationships and I judged these friends as ungrateful and selfish. I obviously couldn’t know what they were experiencing, even if they shared their […]

Reflections on a “Well-Lived Life”

As summer comes to a close, I feel gratitude for experiences enjoyed with friends and family, locally and in faraway places. Some of these experiences were wonderful, and others shook me to my core and back! And as I reflect on a glorious summer, I contemplate what it means to live a “well-lived life” A […]

The End of a Misguided Love Affair

LOVE AT FIRST SIP I was 30, in Cancun with my first husband, and I felt alive and free. We were in a café and the smell of coffee and sweetness was too hard to resist. It had rarely occurred to me to order coffee in my 20’s, something I associated with adulthood and therefore […]

10 Keys to Being in Your New Non-Traditional Family

Keys to being in your new “non-traditional” family: Creativity. Though the concept of the “blended family” is not a new one, the practice is. If you choose to be among those who consciously and responsibly choose this new way of parenting and family structure, you are in new territory paving the way for future families. […]

What Happened to my Happily Ever After?

I remember being in a bookstore with my significant other/divorcing dad/future husband/future ex-husband during our first weeks of courtship. As it was a new romance and we were completely in our own world, we could have been looking at travel guides planning our next trip, or perusing architecture books dreaming about the house we would […]

The Big Picture

The 18-Year Itch For anyone who knows me, they will say that I’m a wanderer and an explorer. Or maybe that I just love airplanes. I recently heard from a colleague that after two decades in Portland, she and her husband were picking up and moving to South America for two years, the timing coinciding […]

Wishes Come True

Believing in Relationship Again

2 Marriages and 2 Divorces Later… After two marriages and two divorces, I was reluctant to consider the idea of marriage a third time. That’s an understatement – I remember declaring out loud, “I will never get married again!” I wasn’t even sure any kind of intimate relationship was in my future. Wash, Rinse, Repeat A […]

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