Top 10 Signs of Cabin Fever

  1. You’re bribing Punxsutawney Phil, so that he doesn’t see his shadow.
  2. You are surfing the web for deals to travel south.
  3. The walls seem to be getting closer.
  4. Every closet has been cleaned and organized.
  5. You don’t have any more layers to add. Burr!
  6. You have a fort under your dining room table.
  7. You are wearing protective gear for the Nerf battles.
  8. “Keep the snow outside!”
  9. You can’t sit by the fire and read any longer.
  10. You can’t watch another movie.

The 10 Most Important Lessons I Learned from Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. One life can change millions of lives for the better.
  2. Through non-violent protest we can change the hearts and minds of millions of people.
  3. It takes unflinching courage to stand up against unjust laws and change them.
  4. There are absolute truths that supersede the law.
  5. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.” Martin Luther King Jr.
  6. With the faith of a muster seed, we can move mountains.
  7. Questing our beliefs often makes us stronger.
  8. Family is our center and strength.
  9. We can rise up from tragedy.
  10. We don’t have to be perfect to effect change, because none of us are.

How do I begin?

How do I begin to honor a man who did so much for so many? Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA, and the world would never be the same.

I was transformed the first time I heard “I have a Dream” in my history class. When he spoke, I heard the call. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot to protest in the 1980’s and 1990’s. My teachers said that I was born too late. However, as a journalist in college, I wrote about Apartheid in South Africa, and joined Amnesty International to help fight Apartheid. After college, I marched on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA to fight poverty and homelessness. Do you remember how you felt when you heard the “I have a Dream” speech? Did you hear the call?

Everything Changes

On the first birthday that I celebrated with my husband, I dressed up like Marilyn Monroe and sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in my best Marilyn voice.  Needless to say it was a big hit!  I will leave what happened next to your imagination.

Fast forward 15 years, we started the day with a parent teacher conference.  And, then it was a hectic day of putting out fires at work for both of us.  Followed by loud little boys having belching and farting contests.  Finally, we gathered for supper and sang Happy Birthday to him with his favorite cake.  Yes, you guessed what happened next.  He fell asleep on the couch.  Everything Changes!

Under Pressure

With difficulties in the business world, working moms are under pressure these days. And, after spending the day in a meat grinder at work, I just want some peace and quiet when I get home. Unfortunately, children who have been sitting quietly all day at school just want to run around screaming. I am working on ways to release the stress without taking it out on my son to include: meditation and playing a sport with him, which allows both of us to relieve stress. How do you handle your stress?

Happy Catch Up Day!

Now that the week has ended at your job, it is time to catch up on your sleep, laundry, housework, grocery shopping and house projects. Make sure to enjoy your cup of coffee first. We have been finishing a project in our home office, getting laundry done and preparing for my son’s birthday party. When we finish, my son has requested to watch Grown Ups 2 again (damn you Sandler Syndrome). What are you catching up on today?