German Chocolate 1; Karen’s Diet 0.

You know, I am a very active person. I work out almost every morning at 5:30am, sometimes I double dip and do another round in the evening. In addition, the amount of coffee I consume (Death Wish in particular) on a daily basis should have my metabolism revving like an Italian Formula One race car. Yet, I struggle. I returned to Weight Watchers in January after a long absence and focused on the fact that I needed to move that…

Don’t wait until they’re gone.

Last week we lost another classmate.  I graduated in 1980 from what was then Linton High School. Sadly, we have lost quite a few over the years.  Sitting here in my mid-50’s, I find it shocking.  In a time when medicine and technology let us think we can live to the great age of 100, losing classmates at this point seems unbelievable, unfair and sad. Some were so young, so vibrant and active.  Some in the peak of life. We…

Here’s how a mother’s mind works.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just being a mother.  Maybe dads think like this too? I don’t know. This morning Jack received an award from the social studies department at school.  I watched him walk in and take his seat among the other recipients.  He looked older, somewhat wiser and ready to move on to college in the fall. I, however, am not quite ready yet. I am sure that all parents feel this way right before their children…

Last night I slept in my daughter’s room.

Author’s note: I wrote this when sitting in Amelia’s room on Wednesday night. I am sitting in Amelia’s room. The house is quiet. Only one roommate is home. I came to Rochester for my six-month check with my oncologist. That stress is offset by the bonus of visiting with my daughter. She is a student in Rochester and it is summer break. I love this time alone with her. We had a great dinner, of course went to Target and…

Strangers at the door. Friends in the kitchen.

Cooking classes bring people together.  You are all there with a common goal to learn new recipes and techniques about something you are passionate about. That being said, we have had a few naysayers in the past but usually they end up converted to the love of cooking. How cool is that? Chip and I have taken a number of these classes together and have departed the kitchen classroom excited to go forth and create. More importantly, we were happy…