The U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum

The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum (USMHM) is America’s official memorial to the Holocaust. It is located in Washington, D.C. and was opened in 1993. My daughter and I visited the USMHM last week; this was my second visit and her first. We both moved quietly through the three main floors of the permanent exhibit…

What are your happiness boosters?

“Never measure your life by possessions. Measure it by the hearts you’ve touched, the smiles you created and the love you shared.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour What wonderful words to embrace and live by. I am a firm believer that our possessions don’t make us who we are or have any sort of lasting effect…

What really freaks me out…

So once you’re an adult, aren’t you supposed to stop being scared of stupid stuff that probably won’t really happen? Not me. I have some pretty weird, irrational fears that have lingered with me for years and I’m not talking about cancer, death, or random crime. Perhaps it’s a sign of a vivid imagination or…

Botox for Migraine??

“Chronic migraine” is the label given to those who suffer from migraines more than 14 days per month. At my peak, I had 17-20 migraine days per month. Over the past five years, my neurologist has prescribed heavy duty pain meds for me to use as well as a migraine preventative which decreases the number…

My Beloved Monsters and Me

One of my favorite places is hanging out at my desk in between class periods. My middle school students are coming and going, sharing their news with me and with each other. The air is filled with the smells of middle school: old lunches, sweat, Axe body spray, and dry erase markers. Each and every…

My kids are brats!

Army brats, that is. Georgia, Hawaii, Virginia, Kansas, and New York are the states they have lived in. Some they’ve lived in twice. The girls have spent a lot of time throughout their childhoods being “the new kid.” They’ve waved their father off on deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq four times since 9/11. Worrying about…

Bonsai

Before today, my only knowledge of bonsai trees came from watching Mr. Miyagi patiently train his trees in the Karate Kid. After my trip to the arboretum today, I’m certainly not ready to grow one myself, but I now know a wee bit about this fascinating art form. The United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. has…

Yarn: Beautiful, Sad, Peaceful

This afternoon my daughter made me stop what I was doing to watch this video with her and I’m so glad I did. It is a beautiful stop-motion music video for ‘James’ by animator Ainslie Henderson made entirely of yellow yarn. The creativity is brilliant and the message is depicted in such a beautiful and…