My daughter has gone to the same camp five years now. In the words of my practical CPA husband, the expense is “ridiculous.” This year, we said, “Pick anywhere instead of camp, and we will take a trip.”

She chose Seattle, Washington – the farthest in the U.S. from Alabama she could pick.  

Although some of us wish summer vacations could last forever, they don’t. It’s September now, and it’s time to get focused. Sure, we miss lazy days, but there’s also a bit of relief about getting back into a routine. 

We have five weeks in August. Don’t panic. Break it down!

Life is a delicate dance of moments. If we’re lucky, we all get plenty of daily steps, and each is ours to use as we please. While I sleep, my husband has used 8,000 of his daily steps, and by 9 p.m. he is in at 21,000 steps… and I am just getting motivated to "do something." I am usually using all my "steps" through my fingers on canvas, behind the steering wheel, or on a keyboard.  

Although it has been happening since the beginning of time, it seems these days that more life-threatening events have been happening around us.

We are no longer able to calmly sit in a diner ("Face the door," a policeman told me recently). At concerts, we now anticipate what "might happen" as we try to embrace the music.

Luke Bryan's "People are Good" is a recent song that resonates in my mind as I write this. We can find good people all around. 

It is full season on Lake Tuscaloosa for making memories with family and friends on the water. 

It’s happening. Another child is about to graduate from UA, and I couldn’t be prouder. Like many parents, I find myself nostalgic, and filled with the overwhelming need to offer unsolicited advice to her for the future. Unfortunately for her and family, I share in print! Here goes …

February is the season for love. Love your family by making your home a place that nurtures the best of who you can be – each of you. 

We are sharing with you some thoughts on resolutions, so this is a bit about looking backward instead of forward.

We all need goals, but we also need to be true to events that brought us to where we are at this moment.  We can fight them, we can embrace them, and we can always change them. 

Everywhere we go this holiday season, it seems everyone is "busy."  What does that really mean?  

There are many definitions, but "diligent, industrious, imply active or earnest effort to accomplish something, or a habitual attitude of such earnestness" is the one I would pick. 

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