What's Your Legacy
- Created on 02 September 2014
I never join book clubs. Mainly because I don’t read well (for pleasure) under timed pressure. One book per month – unless it’s a nerdy topic that I specifically enjoy (finance and/or history) – is a challenge. Two, I don’t enjoy bringing snacks. I will. It's just running late is a nasty trait I have, but throw a snack detail into an already rushed schedule and the anxiety soars. Finally, I have trouble with routines. Meeting at such and such’s on the third Wednesday becomes a chore and less of a treasured gathering with friends. I have many issues…book clubs were one of them. Never say never. Via the magic of Facebook private groups, I’ve joined a virtual book club. It still operates under the one-book-a-month model, but there are no snacks and no routine Saturday afternoon meetups. Two out of three ain’t bad. Book Marked introduced me to the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Pictured below, middle).
Back From Jet Lag – Hawaii For Less
- Created on 27 August 2014
I’ve been on an unintended hiatus including and following a family trip to Hawaii. We attended a wedding in and explored the island of Oahu, one of 8 major islands in the Hawaiian chain. As much as I can surmise, the individual islands are synonymous with counties or parishes within the state of Hawaii. Just like New York, there’s also an island named Hawaii (a.k.a The Big Island). You can potentially live in Hawaii, Hawaii. A paradise so nice they named it twice! The capital is Honolulu – one of the larger cities on Oahu and our final flight destination. Waikiki is the other Oahu party spot; about 45 minutes away. When programming your GPS, you’ll likely include the city, island, and state to locate your target.
Initially, I was apprehensive about the extremely long flight with very small children. My apologies – still - for the poor saps assigned to the seat preceding my two year old (it wasn’t pretty). The entire trip, including layovers and delays, took 12 hours from Chicago. Brutal. Considering the damage, the 8 month and 2 year old were travel troopers. All travel troubles were worth the Hawaiian experience. Numerous times throughout the week I reassessed the decision to put down roots in Chicago. Again, why??? The island is beautiful. Even the inner city areas (the hood) possesed an inviting charm. I’ve been called cousin by more strangers than I care to count. Who knew?
R.I.P. Mr. Williams
- Created on 12 August 2014
By now, we’ve all heard the heart crushing news of the loss of Robin Williams to suicide. Like many, Robin Williams was one of my favorite actors/comedian. I attribute an affinity to several movie favs, Good Will Hunting or Good Morning Vietnam, to performances by this artistic giant. It can be difficult to associate depression with someone who brought joy to so many for so many years.
We don’t have the details of his struggle, nor should we. His privacy should be respected. However, his death will likely shine a light, even if temporary – until the next news cycle, on severe depression and suicide. I’ve plunged into a dark place a time or two in recent years. The Debt Free Divas actually developed out of a need to redirect that energy into something productive. We said goodbye to our daughter, Casey, after only 23 weeks. I have my faith to thank for the life line when it was difficult to see past the current hurt. Of course, all of this clarity is in hindsight. This verse in particular was central to the progress…I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm…Jeremiah 29:10.