The Value of a Story

The sound of pages rustling, the smell of fresh paper, the feel of running fingers over stories–these are the reasons I love reading hardcover books and paperbacks. The story, of course, is of utmost importance. I have trained up my boys well in regards to books. Walking into the used bookstore, they fell silent in…

Flail or Flip

I lived at the pool as a kid. I turned cartwheels from the side of the pool into the water. I performed dives, both forward and backward, from the curved edge of the water. Maddeningly, I could not summon the courage to jump from the diving board. The board was a mere five feet above…

Delusions

I came down with a sore throat over a month ago. Congestion was followed by an incessant cough–a cough that would not allow me to speak more than 2 words of a sentence before the pressure in my chest would cause me to cough. It has been super annoying and draining. By late afternoon each…

Calling Out

Sitting on the hard ground in front of Cinderella’s castle, my son Kaden fidgeted. We had just experienced one of the most amazing fireworks displays at DisneyWorld’s Magic Kingdom. We were holding down the fort for a great seat at the Once Upon a Time show. None of us had ever seen the show before….

Hurricane Wilma

Hurricanes are the price a resident of South Florida must pay for year-long warm weather. During the time we lived in Palm Beach Gardens, we experienced four hurricanes. People tend to handle hurricanes one of two ways: evacuate immediately or throw a hurricane party. Aside from the obvious safety concerns, people who stayed in town…