My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

Game on: bridal show

Most weekends I’m cheering for my sons at baseball games.  My comfort, knowledge, and enthusiasm are naturally high at sporting events.  This past weekend I took my reticent self and … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Worth doing

Enamored with twitter but languishing there for a year, this past July I decided to learn how to tweet better.  To increase my online transparency I added this blog as … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · 11 Comments

Cookie exchange

When I was eleven years old I baked a batch of Snickerdoodles all by myself. I’ve been baking and eating cookies ever since.  That’s a lot of cookies! I have … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Boss chose me

My best friends chipped in their precious pennies to purchase a birthday gift for me, The River by Bruce Springsteen, when I “was just seventeen.” While I owned other albums … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

Bring on dessert

I play a bantering game called “Best Title” with my journalist daughter.  It starts informally when one of us gives a title to a random life experience as if it … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mastery as motivation

My husband pushed me into the choppy cold water of Canyon Lake this past Veterans Day. No worries, I was in our new kayak. Actually there were worries, mainly, could … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hardball life

Club baseball is crazy rough and tumble. Teams are brutal in how they cream the best prospects, quickly dumping players who don’t perform. Franchises run like slick costly machines. Some … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 5 Comments

Twitter kindness

Wandering an airport lost is humble pie in the making. Fortunately for me while recently traveling between Phoenix and Denver, a kindly old man saw my confusion and offered help. … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 4 Comments

Happily married

Ray hurled curses and Tommy threw punches at me one too many times. Teaching emotionally disturbed children combined with their physical aggression brought me to my knees. My classroom partner … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 9 Comments

Politics, religion and talk

My graduate school professor kindly grilled me about public programs, policy, and politics unmercifully. As a Public Administration major in a Political Science department, I was more interested in the … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 5 Comments