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FOMO or TOMO

Sitting across my girlfriend at Starbucks, I had an overwhelming feeling something was not quite right; a stirring deep within as if a mean girl were taunting, “I know something you don’t!”

As she discussed the latest about her family, I realized I’d become vacant.

“What’s wrong with me?” I wondered, finding myself distracted.

Fidgeting in my seat, the answer suddenly came – my phone hadn’t rung or beeped with the sound of a text the entire time we were together.

“Excuse me,” I said, as we took […]

Take the wheel

“To get a better understanding of your portfolio,” my financial advisor began, “I want you to write down everything you spend monthly on your current home and cabin in Tahoe. Then, we’ll dig deeper into your personal affairs.”

“Ok, so just what I spend on my houses?” I asked. “You don’t care about hair, manicures, facials and massages for now, right?”

Hearing a pause on the other end, he let out a long sigh, and said, “Right. We’ll tackle those later and where you can cut […]

My Year of No Fear

Arriving at the popular exercise venue, Soul Cycle, I noticed the lobby was filled with young athletes dressed in fashionable Lululemon workout gear that aggressively stretched against their bulging muscles. Realizing I was the only person of mature status in the room, I grabbed my daughter Jenni’s arm, and asked nervously, “Am I in trouble?”

“Mom didn’t you know, Soul Cycle is spinning on steroids.”

Now, I’ve never been fond of stationary bike classes. Peddling away in a hot, muggy room with sweat flying everywhere and going […]

The Gift You Won’t Want to Return

With my nimble fingertips ripping through the paper, I couldn’t wait to open my Christmas surprise. Mom had been eluding to it all week; how cute it was, how wonderful it would look on me and that it was the perfect color for my complexion. Throwing the paper onto the floor, I tore the box open, pushed the tissue aside, then gasped in horror.

“What the hell?” my snarky sixteen-year-old self wanted to growl, but held inside. Instead of some hip outfit that would attract […]

The Good Advice

 

Thrusting the ticket in my face, the grumpy highway patrolman growled over my expired license plate.

“How this could have happened?” I cried, confused. “I don’t remember ever getting the notice to pay.”

“Just get it fixed, Lady. Oh, and have a nice day.”

Hating to be in trouble with the law, the following morning I got up early and arrived at the DMV before the doors opened. Sadly, other people had the same idea.  Since the parking lot was already full, rather than drive in […]

Keeping Me Authentic

Peering over the letter-sized piece of paper, my eldest, Michelle, fixated her stare on her waiting mother with lifted eyebrows. Taking her time to give her review on my latest story, I sat nervously. The year was 2013, and in this case, no news wasn’t good news.

 

Then putting the article down, she asked concerned, “Mom, were you on drugs when you wrote this?”

 

“What?” Horrified, I grabbed it back. “What’s wrong with it?”

 

But as I re-read, I remembered how my recent fall down a mountain […]