The Introverted Extrovert

A few attributes that describe an introvert. Being around people makes you feel drained. You have a small group of close friends. You enjoy solitude. When I was much younger, I was THE party girl. Never home, getting into trouble constantly for staying out too late and fibbing about why, going from party to party… Continue reading The Introverted Extrovert

Contemplating and Confronting Perceived versus Actual Fear

When I decided earlier this year to change my two UK vacations into first, a cruise for myself alone and then secondly, another cruise with my two youngest children, I received quite a mixed response regarding that decision. Several people said I was "missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime" and others said that… Continue reading Contemplating and Confronting Perceived versus Actual Fear

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (oh and a taxi, a cruise ship and a few shuttle buses)

There is something about traveling that takes it all out of you. The destination is the prize, but the journey there can be anything but relaxing. My first vacation this year was a lovely solo trip to the Caribbean this Spring. This time, I decided to treat my kids to the same vacation. When I… Continue reading Planes, Trains and Automobiles (oh and a taxi, a cruise ship and a few shuttle buses)

The Circuitous Chasm of Grief

Having experienced an extraordinary amount of grief in a short period of time with the loss of both my parents and husband one after the other, I'm often asked how I "got through it" or how I "survived" it. Being that grief is such an individual process and has a fluidity not often realized until… Continue reading The Circuitous Chasm of Grief

Attempting to Plan for Vacation when you have a Child(ren) with Autism with only Minor Chaos and Confusion

Unlike the ubiquitous "Winter is Coming", for many, summer vacation is a time of relaxation, fun and an opportunity to enjoy all that the season offers. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, summer can come with many challenges. Children often find transitions of any kind to be extremely difficult, leaving a parent confused,… Continue reading Attempting to Plan for Vacation when you have a Child(ren) with Autism with only Minor Chaos and Confusion