Dear Gem – month 23 A letter to my daughter on the one year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis

The Camera Bag – and an epiphany  on photography and being the recipient of a random act of kindness

20 Year High School Class Reunion Contemplating my high school class reunion and how connecting with my old classmates on Facebook changed my attitude towards attending.

Pregnancy 101: How to Roll Over Sometimes a pregnant woman in bed feels (and looks) like a beached whale.  Sometimes she needs to roll over.  Sometimes the results are disastrous.

Pregnancy Pregnancy isn’t all bloating, and waddling, and strange cravings.  Pregnancy can make you feel Amazing.

A Blessing A stranger appears, blesses us, and vanishes.  One of the coolest moments of my life.

One Year Later My father taught us a lot about living, the most powerful lesson came to me at his funeral.

I feel pretty Self image is such a complicated issue for young women.  I contemplate what makes me feel pretty, and how to help my daughter negotiate these issues as she grows up.

Influence Do you pick up an accent when you visit the South? Is your mood affected by anyone else’s mood?  What influences you? What influences you on a subconscious level? How do we teach our children to manage their influnces?

Dear Baby Girl A note to my daughter, written before she was born.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words A review of my best photos from 2008

The Sweetest Gift The sweetest Christmas gift I have ever received.

What Fuels Your Vote? Whenever you take sides on a political issue, how do you come to your decision? Once the decision is made, do you have peace in your heart, or fear?

Patience Sometimes getting the perfect shot can be frustrating and take quite a bit of patience.

What I Didn’t Know Finding out I was going to be a mommy.

Five Things I Learned from My Dad Dad had a lot to teach.  I was too thick headed to appreciate all his lessons, but some of them really stuck with me.

On Being Content A change in attitude can change your life.