It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Note: This post – about a very surreal moment at the end of several very surreal days in my life – was originally published on The Family CEO. It took place two years ago today, and I’m reposting it here as a #TBT. So, funny story. A year ago this week, Lindsey and I were […]

On Being in a Book Club

Our book club began in a grade school parking lot. A few of us who had pickup duty began talking about it, we each invited a couple of others, and the club was born in this most casual of ways. It stuck, too. Unlike clubs that seem to work on paper but don’t in real life […]

Simplifying Idea: Use Your Email Inbox as a To-Do List

Recently I was getting a long overdue allergy shot, and I commented to the nurse that it was somehow harder to get there once a month than it had been when I was coming in once a week. She told me that she hears that all the time, and asked if I had signed up […]

When an Introvert and an Extrovert Get Married

This post was originally published at The Family CEO. I’m reposting it here in case any of you can relate. A number of years ago – ten or more – Tom and I walked into a social function at church. It was either a casino night or a wine tasting (we’re Catholic so those are […]

Simplifying

I haven’t been to an estate sale in months. I get the emails and page through the pictures of what’s for sale, but not much appeals to me. It seems that these days I’m more interested in editing the contents of my house and my life than adding to them. This isn’t a new phase. Years […]

4 Things I Learned About Creating a Life in 2014

It’s a gift to have my family under one roof. I know these days will be fewer and fewer and, honestly, the almost empty nest has its advantages too, but for this year, Christmas 2014, all four of us have been under one roof for two full weeks, with two weeks still to go, and […]

A Year of Creating This Life

Last September I picked up my parents at the airport and, as we were driving, I was updating them on what was new with the family. At some point my mom asked, “So what’s new with you?” and I mentioned that I had started a new blog. “What’s it called?” she asked. “Creating This Life,” I answered. […]

Favorite Quotes about Creating a Life

I don’t consider myself a collector, but I suppose there are some things that I do love having around me. Dishes, for instance, and books. And quotes. I’m always editing my collections of dishes and books, but quotes are another matter. No need to edit there. When you visit the blog, you’ll find a Quotable section in the sidebar […]