Author Archives: Erika



My daughter, who will turn seven in June, just learned to ride her bike without training wheels last week. Many of her friends mastered this trick long ago, but she’s been hesitant and we haven’t found it necessary to push the issue, figuring she’d learn when she was ready. Last summer we gave it amore →


What’s Important?

  A series of really fascinating conversations at work last week left me pondering this question: What’s important? Of course, some things at work are important because they just are. Company policies that need to be followed. Job expectations that need to be met. But there are so many nuances that extend far beyond thosemore →


Be Yourself

Today’s post features a guest blogger, my daughter Marlowe.  She is six years old and in first grade.  Here is what she’d like to say:   Be yourself! Don’t copy off your friends. Don’t do something because your friend wants to. BE YOURSELF! Be the one you want to be! Run fast! Play hard! Havemore →



Mother’s Day is this weekend, so I’d like to offer a moment of thanks and celebration for my mom, my mother-in-law, my sister, my sister-in-law, my cousins and aunts and friends and co-workers and neighbors—Happy Mother’s Day to you all, and may you be surrounded by those you love this weekend. The two reasons thatmore →



  Summer is just around the corner, and that means the multi-layered puzzle of “what to do with my children” is in full motion. I’ve been tinkering with vacation time, camps, grandparent time, activities, fun concerts, possible road trips, swim lessons, and more. It’s a puzzle that’s quite complex, and seems to get even moremore →