My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

Family Answers Fast, my new blog

Family Answers Fast is my new blog where I get to the point about what matters; gems for a happy life!  More practical how-to and less narrative than My Gray Stripes, … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

136 ways to love others

Love is as love does. Ways to love those closest to your heart: Say, “I love you.” Make them a nice meal. Take them out to eat. Clean their room, … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

Remember birthdays

I’m not an elephant; I forget.  Take birthdays of loved ones, for example. It’s not that I don’t want to remember birthdays, I do.  Birthday reminders are on my calendar … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 9 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

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

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

More than sorry

Picture a temper tantrum complete with yelling, crying, and flailing. Embarrassingly, I’m not talking about my kids, I’m talking about me as a newlywed! The intensity of emotional pain, frustration, … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · 3 Comments