Adventures Life


I like this quote by Diane Sawyer: “Sometimes, I’m on a plane and I’m going from Afghanistan to Haiti or whatever I’m doing, and I think, ‘I can’t do this. This is the day that I just can’t do it anymore.’ Then I look down and I open a folder. I go, ‘Well, that’s kind of interesting, actually.’ The next thing you know, I’ve got 14 questions, and I’m refueled. I so believe in curiosity.”

Life People


There are a lot of numbers in the news today. Most of them are attached to negative circumstances.

With so many numbers, it’s tempting to distance ourselves from the details. In fact, we as human beings have evolved to protect ourselves, emotionally, in this way.

But there’s also danger in the distancing. Too much of it, and we risk losing the empathy that connects us to each other.

When I find myself going numb about the numbers, I allow it, just a bit, so that I can take in the news. And then, when the data-driven, fact-loving, processing side of me has finished its work, I allow myself to think of what the numbers truly represent.

And then, I’m reminded of the speech that Mr. Rogers made in 1997, when he accepted the Lifetime Achievement award at the Emmys. There are transcripts of it out there, but I find that watching him give the speech creates a greater emotional impact.

If I lose sight of what the numbers mean, I remind myself: each one, a person. Maybe not a person I know, but a person known and loved by others. A person in somebody’s heart, who comes to mind when Mr. Rogers asks us to take ten seconds of silence.

Life Nature


This is the time of year when I have a 20-30 minute post-waking-up window to take the allergy medicine…or else I’ll spend the rest of the day in sniffling, sneezing misery. Occasionally, it gets bad enough that a dose before bed is also necessary.

Like most everybody, I enjoy Spring with all the blooming flowers and trees, the fresh wind blowing, the green grass covering what used to be dead patches of ground. But sometimes, it’s wisest to enjoy it from behind a window.

Here’s a cuppa for those of us who live with allergies. If you need to find us, just follow the trail of Kleenex.



I’ve chosen to fill the past few weeks with learning experiences – webinars, online courses, books, articles, podcasts, discussions. This cuppa, with its dots and connected pattern, makes me think of these experiences.

It’s a luxury, this opportunity to be purposefully curious, this available time to indulge my curiosity.

So often, my desire to learn conflicts with being busy, or tired, or distracted. “Learning” equates to figuring stuff out as quickly and as easily as possible in order to get something done.

But right now, I have time to go beyond the key takeaways and consider the broader implications. I can reflect and evaluate, ask what if? and why not?. I can choose to learn new things just because I want to, just because I am interested.

Here’s to the privilege of being able to learn and the gifts that come from the learning journey.

Family Life


Most days, there’s an intentional choice behind my cuppa selection, actively connected to specific thoughts or feelings.

This is not one of those days.

I woke up this morning with the Pokémon theme song in my head. This cuppa once had a picture of Charmeleon on it. So, here we are.

This cuppa does remind me of when my sons were younger and how much fun they had with all things Pokémon. While those memories weren’t the reason for my cuppa choice this morning, I will enjoy them while I sip. And, I’ll be grateful for health, and happiness, and loved ones.

Here’s hoping you have good memories of your own to enjoy today.


No Drama Llama

It’s Friday, and No Drama Llama is focused on this week’s good moments.

At the grocery store yesterday, the following items were available for (limited) purchase: toilet paper, paper towels, coffee creamer, eggs, hand soap, allergy meds.

M&Ms has a new flavor – fudge brownie. Tasty, would buy again. Slightly below peanut butter, slightly above regular peanut. Pretzel still the best. You know I’m right.

Mr. Lizard (see Houseguest) has been safely returned to his outside habitat. Youngest son heard me shrieking when Mr. Lizard popped up next to my shoulder on the couch where I was sitting. Youngest son gently coaxed Mr. Lizard into a container and took him to the backyard. No Drama Llama is making allowances for a wee bit of drama for my instinctive freak out reaction.

I hope you’ve had some good moments this week, as well. Stay safe, everybody, and keep washing those hands.

Family Life


Today’s cuppa celebrates love.

My husband and I met in high school. Our first date was on April 21. Several years later, also on an April 21, he proposed.

We don’t have any special celebration plans to mark this anniversary today, but that doesn’t mean the day isn’t special to us. Perhaps that’s also a good way to characterize our relationship.

We’ve had oodles of great moments, lots of happiness and joy.

We’ve also had some heavy, tough, real moments when we’ve not been at our best.

Each day is meaningful and significant to us. Each day has been, and is, and will be a simple tribute to this life together that we continue to choose – intentionally, gladly, gratefully.

Life People


Monday morning cuppa asks: How do we measure the true impact of school this year? How do we make sense of the lessons and learning in this unexpected environment?

For some, like my youngest son, “distance learning” is vital and appreciated. He’s a Digital Native, so online work is an easy shift. But, graduation hangs in the balance. Senior Year, with all its traditional milestones and memories, has disappeared, leaving disappointment and sadness.

For others, like my teacher friends who care so deeply about the young people in their classrooms, the days are restless. They plan and design, looking for the best ways to share knowledge and stability. But they know that even their best efforts can’t answer every question or fill every need.

I do believe that the world will ultimately benefit from what teachers and students are showing us about the power of resilience, creativity, patience, humor, adaptability, and perseverance. They didn’t ask for this challenge, but they’ve accepted it and are doing their best to make things work. I hope they feel the love and support from all of us who want them to succeed and are wowed by their champion spirit.

Here’s a cuppa hug for the teachers and students. The world of education looks a little different right now, but they are showing us that the opportunity for learning continues.


Whimsical Whale

This cuppa is over 35 years old. It was given to me when I was a teenager and has somehow managed to follow me through numerous moves between cities, apartments, and houses, and countless trips through the water and suds and back to the cupboard. Whimsical Whale Cuppa reminds me that some things are temporary, and some things never change.

Wishing you all a good day. Keep washing those hands and staying safe.


A cuppa

For me, a cuppa (most often coffee, but tea or cocoa work just as well) represents warmth, comfort, energy, optimism. It might help me start my day. Or, it might be part of an afternoon pause. It’s sometimes even a nice way to wind down before bed.

I’ve long had the habit of choosing my cuppa cup to match my mood. Recently, I started documenting the connection between these cuppas and my experiences and emotions. I’ve added some of those past posts here and will continue to add new posts daily. Perhaps, through this ritual, I can bring a laugh, or offer some helpful perspective, or just brighten somebody’s day.

Please join me with your own cuppa. Let’s share some moments.