Variations on a Theme

A version of this post appeared on this blog on February 3, 2017. This is an update. Although I still have a couple of months before returning to work following the birth of my son, Michael, I am already making a plan that will prioritize self-care. A big part of that, for me, is eating… Continue reading Variations on a Theme


Unexpected Challenges

I asked Elizabeth what I should write about for this one. "What are some things we should be ready for?" I asked. She enthusiastically replied that we should always be ready for the zoo. She's certainly not wrong, who doesn't love going to the zoo? Several days before posing this query to my oldest child,… Continue reading Unexpected Challenges


It Lives Within You

You may have noticed if you’ve been around for a while, that I am a fan of being introspective. There is serious value in looking to yourself for the answers to life’s conundrums. Professionally, this is why I like the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program that can be found in thousands of K-12 schools… Continue reading It Lives Within You


Getting Into a Growth Mindset

With the school year in full swing for everyone, kindergarten students up through doctoral students, I wanted to take an opportunity to talk about preparing to learn.  The Harvard Business Review has outlined some really great advantages to cultivating a growth mindset, but how we get there is a whole other thing. I think that… Continue reading Getting Into a Growth Mindset


Give Yourself Away

I have been a lifelong U2 fan. My parent took me to Rattle and Hum when I was about 8 months old and I think it’s fair to say that the rockumentary made an impression. I’ve seen them live when they came to Minneapolis in 2011 and 2017 and have admired their work to help… Continue reading Give Yourself Away


Experience is the Best Teacher

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” said George Santayana as he tried to remind his wife that spicy foods just made her sick instead of inducing labor when they were expecting their first child, so it probably wouldn’t work this time either. Okay, that story is most definitely not true.… Continue reading Experience is the Best Teacher


Optimism in the Worst of Times

Denis Waitley is quoted as saying “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” This is a phrase I like a lot and that I have also struggled with from time-to-time.  There have been periods in my life where expecting the best has been an almost insurmountable challenge.  Struggles with health… Continue reading Optimism in the Worst of Times


New Family Member

One way I am preparing for this month is to write my blog posts for the month before my baby is born. On the day you are reading this, I am due to have a baby. On the day I am writing this post, this is what I look like: Will Michael be “on the… Continue reading New Family Member


Be Prepared

The level of serendipity present throughout this year as I prepare to introduce, and write about, my chosen monthly themes continues to amaze me. I chose to talk about being prepared this month, thinking it would be timely to discuss preparation as school was beginning again for the year, prior to winter beginning, and prior… Continue reading Be Prepared


Performance is Exhausting

I am SO thrilled to be hosting my friend, Justin Grays, to talk about performing masculinity as a person of color and as someone who is (to put it broadly) gender non-conforming. Justin and I met as students at Metropolitan State University where we both earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Gender Studies. While time,… Continue reading Performance is Exhausting


Those That Mind Don’t Matter and Those That Matter Don’t Mind

I absolutely could not go through an entire month of talking about fictional characters that left their influence on me without talking about Hermione Granger. Like many older millennials, I grew up with a new Harry Potter book coming out every year and like many in my peer group began to wonder why Harry was… Continue reading Those That Mind Don’t Matter and Those That Matter Don’t Mind



My original intention was to read Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image by Ophira Edut this month. I read this book of essays for a class roughly seven years ago and thought it would be a great conclusion to a month dedicated to self-care. Then I went to pick it up… Continue reading Glimpses


Work Goals Work For You

They say, when tackling your “to do” list to start with the hardest thing and then the rest of the things will seem easy. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to talk about setting professional goals first. When I was a child almost every single woman I knew was a stay-at-home-parent.  With this as… Continue reading Work Goals Work For You


So, you want to eat well

Months ago, when I was getting ready to come back to work following my maternity leave I knew it would be important to prioritize self-care. A big part of that, for me, is eating healthfully. But at this point, I’m no stranger to this “work away from home” mom gig and I also knew how… Continue reading So, you want to eat well


To Be a Pioneer

For some months now it has been no mystery to me that new glasses would definitely be in my future. Thanks to a change in our vision insurance, an eye exam and new glasses could finally be put on the table! I even got a little crazy and considered contacts. I recently purchased a three-month… Continue reading To Be a Pioneer


My mother told me. . .

It's been quite some time since I've written anything. As it turns out, having a baby really changes everything about your life. I'm exiting the fog that has been Elizabeth's first year of life. There have been a lot of changes from to I have to be honest, it's been a HUGE learning experience. The… Continue reading My mother told me. . .

Random musings, Writing

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get… Continue reading 2012 in review

Published Works

Six Sentence Sunday – Introducing Aiden!

Last week things started to look up for Rebecca after her encounter with the football team.  Are they going to continue to get better?  You can find out faster here, here, and here. Now, Aiden has been patiently waiting to be introduced to you all.  He's really just awesome in that way.  Without further ado,… Continue reading Six Sentence Sunday – Introducing Aiden!


Playing with Legos

Legos have been part of my life landscape since before I can remember.  Once every six years my family would get a huge selection of legos.  Lego sets were not part of our upbringing, we had to use our immaginations to build things. Nonetheless, this article about the stereotyping of legos caught my attention.  The… Continue reading Playing with Legos

Random musings

Sympathy for the Devil

I read a fantastic poem this morning by Wayward Wanderer about Satan.  You should definitely check it out, it's excellent. I mention this poem, not only because of how great it is, but because it got my own wheels turning about my thoughts on the Devil.  The song "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones… Continue reading Sympathy for the Devil

Random musings

Scale, scale on the floor

I have a confession to make.  Prepare yourself, because it's pretty shocking.  In fact, I'm the only woman I know who does. Are you ready? 3 2 1 I don't weigh myself. I'm going to say that one more time, for inpact. I DON'T WEIGH MYSELF. The main reason is because I believe, very firmly,… Continue reading Scale, scale on the floor