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There are so many thoughts duking it out for acknowledgement in my head. It’s almost overwhelming. I am thinking about how to maximize the education my children receive, and how to make sure I am spending enough quality time with my aging parents. Also, I am considering my options as I look to re-enter the workforce, prepare to sell an old car, and schedule time with friends. Then, there is the upcoming weekend… Read More

I craved the quiet surrounding me. Peacefulness is what I sought. My brain missed the memo. The silence encourages me to ponder. Life thoughts —  husband at work, kids at school, and my action item list — make me restless. The morning caffeine is working its magic. Related articles Six Sentence Monday: Entry 1 (kateschannel.wordpress.com) Six Sentence Monday: Entry 2 (kateschannel.wordpress.com) Six Sentence Monday: Entry 3 (kateschannel.wordpress.com) Six Sentence Monday: Entry 4 (kateschannel.wordpress.com) Six Sentence Monday: Missing Entry #5 (kateschannel.wordpress.com)

Two busy bodies finally lay in peaceful slumber. Another day of learning, playing with friends and testing boundaries has concluded. A view from my back patio brings clarity and wonder. Those dusky blues and purples introduce an infinity beyond my comprehension. In the distance is the hum of busy people still riding among the hustle of life. Like twilight it transitions to primitive beats from frogs, crickets, birds, bats and other nighttime… Read More

It’s been awhile. Where does the time go? Can you believe 2012 is well underway? Champagne corks and fireworks exploded days ago around the world. I wish there was a pause or slow motion button available for those extra special life moments. But, life doesn’t stop. I hope you, your family and friends enjoyed each other as well as the festivities of the holiday season that is now history. As I ready my children’s return to school,… Read More

I had a falling out with my exercise regimen. For nearly two years I stayed the course of mixing up various cardio work outs with interval strength training. The results: less stress, fewer inches, more energy and volumes of blog post ideas. But, something happened in the midst of summer. I was catching grasshoppers with Issa, star gazing with my husband and drinking root beer flavored vodka on the rocks. The hiatus… Read More

I believe in giving my children choices. It teaches them how to make choices; good vs. bad choices; rewards and consequences; and accountability. But, yesterday, I learned a lesson: I detest multiple choice. It is a tricky business that must be taught with care. Any slip-up can give a child the upper hand … Riff was sent to timeout for acting out inappropriately. I set the timer to four minutes. He didn’t comply. Privileges were being… Read More

What sparks your creative energy? My top eight include cleaning, gardening, and walking. Add in some MP3 tunes from Foo Fighters, U2 or Pink Floyd; and the ideas blow my mind. In fact, I’m listening to Pink Floyd’s Blue Sky as I type. At times it’s challenging to keep up with what my brain produces during these sessions. I use a pen and journal book to record snippets of ideas while I… Read More

What’s in my head today? The question should be what is NOT in my head today. I think about so much all of the time. Some of my thoughts are productive and some are not. Why does my brain fixate on getting out with friends, celebrity happenings, movies, music, etc. when it really should be thinking about my husband, children, outdoor clean-up, 5k training, domestic and global issues impacting my family, health… Read More

Impress upon me your image, your words, your intelligence, your sense of humor, your touch, your lips, your love. I believe people come into our lives for a purpose. Sometimes that purpose is for a lifetime, a single-serving encounter, or a mere flash to our senses. On Saturday, after completing a Zumba workout at my local dance studio, a classmate and I decided to cool off with a two-mile walk on the Clinton-Macomb trail. Access… Read More

Wake-Up! The buzzard went off at 6:30 am. Should I shower? An extra 10 minutes to snooze? I told myself to take the 10 and then do a 5-in-30 workout on the elliptical after everyone was out the door. But, I knew this workout would not happen. Unless it’s a Zumba morning or it is warm enough to bike the Clinton-Macomb Trail, I am not motivated to exercise in the morning. I… Read More