Inspired: Alice Walker’s Forgiveness

I was blown away by Alice Walker's simple words of forgiveness, and I wanted to share them here.

Back to School (Part 5): The First Day

My final three tips for dealing with the conflicting emotions that come with the first day of school.

Back to School (Part 4): Get a Grip

A general low-lying buzz of anxiety plagues me this time of year, so I asked therapist Katharine Barnhill to share some words of wisdom.

Back to School (Part 3): Save Your Dollars

The back-to-school season can be EX-PEN-SIVE, so I offer my favorite tips on how to get ready for school without breaking the bank.

Back to School (Part 2): Plan It Out

A little planning and organization can make a world of difference during this hectic back-to-school season.

Back to School (Part 1): Start With the Basics

Six tips for de-stressing the basics of eating, sleeping, and catching your breath during back-to-school time.

Back to School Survival Guide

Heading back to school is stressful—for kids AND their parents. But if you work to avoid five common pitfalls, your life will go a lot more smoothly during this stressful time.

Inspired: Tom Petty & His Audience

The experience felt at a concert is a unique and rare joy.

Out with the Old, In with the Fried Eggs

An essay I wrote three years ago about how my search for my fixed, true identity may be an exercise in futility.

Nature’s Way Preschool

For the past three years, Nature's Way Preschool at the Austin Nature and Science Center has been a huge part of our lives. But now my kids (sniff) are all big (sniff) and it's time to say good-bye.

The Trouble(s) with Being Authentic

I feel a strong pull to be authentic to my true self, but I often end up going along with the crowd. It seems as though I'm caught between pain from being inauthentic, or pain from being different. But are these really my only two options?

Two Christmas Stories: A Guest Post

I'm honored to have my dad, John Daniewicz, as a guest blogger on this special Christmas post. Two stories dominate our collective psyche during this time of year. What do they have to teach us? As we sit by a warming fire this winter solstice, with Christmas fast approaching, what are we celebrating? It is… Continue reading Two Christmas Stories: A Guest Post

Speed Matters

It is so easy to lose sight of the reality that our schedules are our own doing, that we control how we spend our days. The speed at which we navigate our life deeply affects what we see and how we experience it.

An Old Prayer, New Again

Neil Douglas-Klotz translates Jesus's words in "The Lord's Prayer" directly from the original Aramaic. The result is moving, inspiring, even perhaps a little shocking.

A Season of Doing Without

I haven't written a blog post in an eternity. Luckily this is due to nothing more calamitous than it being winter, when the trees find themselves with no leaves and I apparently find myself with no words. But a canopy of yellow-green now lines the street to my daughter's school, so I too will start… Continue reading A Season of Doing Without