Friends Who Become Family

When I started having kids, in a city and country far from my family and place of birth it became clear to me that I needed to create my own family, wherever I was living.  My mother pointed out to me that if I was in London, my kids would be being looked after by...

Appropriately Fearless

My children go to a local Montessori school, here in Cleveland.  The head of school is retiring, so we are in the process of looking for a new principal.  Meeting and interacting with these highly qualified and impressive individuals, asking them questions about their...

Find Comfort in Your Own Skin

This weekend I went to Nashville, TN, with a friend of mine.  We have been friends about 7 months and this was our first time traveling together.  We spent about 19 hours driving there and back and then the whole Labor Day weekend together.  It was so much fun to...

If It Doesn’t Bring You Joy….

Having a break from your regular life, by going away, gives you perspective. It gives you a chance to miss (or not) your friends, pets and family and your belongings.  When you return – you look differently at things and people, because you realize that you...

Cooking as a Way to Learn About Failure

I love to cook. All kinds of food, but particularly breads, cakes, pies, muffins, cookies – all things carb! My usual MO is to follow the recipe, and then, based on my experience, I tweak the ingredients. Sometimes, particularly when making things like breads,...