There’s nothing “happy” about Memorial Day. It’s a national day of mourning. Mourning US Service personnel that died while serving our country. The day was originally called Decoration Day. This day is also not about our veterans. It’s about folks who never got to be veterans because they died while still serving.

Today flags should fly at half mast until noon, then be at full mast the rest of the day.

Today give thanks to folks who lost members of their family while serving our great country.

Namaste 🇺🇸

Are We Immune to the News?

19 kids dead. Up from ‘just’ 14 yesterday. 2 adults also dead. Are we immune to this. Do we not care anymore? It’s not affecting my family, so no big deal?

What strikes me funny is this…

Let’s pull ALL the peanut butter!!! There’s a “POTENTIAL” for contamination.

But hey, let’s keep selling weapons of mass destruction that kills 20 kids/6 adults (Sandy Hook), 14 dead kids at Parkland, 19 dead kids at Uvalde yesterday. This is NOT what our forefathers had in mind when the 2nd amendment was written. Our legislators need to strap on some balls, give the finger to the gun lobby and protect our fucking citizens. Enough is Enough!


“SIDS refers to the unexplained deaths of infants under a year old, and it usually occurs while the child is sleeping. According to Mayo Clinic, many in the medical community suspected this phenomenon could be caused by a defect in the part of the brain that controls arousal from sleep and breathing. The theory was that if the infant stopped breathing during sleep, the defect would keep them from startling or waking up. “

A Call to the Transformational, Lifelong Work of Antiracism

Sharing an article written by Idelette McVicker. She wrote this article 9 days before the massacre in Buffalo, NY this past week. We need to work harder on Antiracism. Racism has shaped the U.S. just as it shaped South Africa. We need to work more on LOVE. We need to look solidly at ourselves in the mirror and admit we are recovering racists.


I’ve been off Facebook since April 26th. A handful of people have noticed (you know who you are and thanks for checking in!), but many haven’t, and that’s OK too. It does show me, however, how out of touch we are with ‘real life’ and how our attention span works in regard to what is in front of us now. I’ve also been off Twitter (which I spent minimal time on anyway).

What’s awesome, is that I can post blogs to Facebook, without actually logging in and getting pulled down in the whirlpool (cesspool?) of stories and news and Johnny Depp court updates and false smiles galore (of those perfect lives none of us live IRL). And that’s what I’m going to do regularly. Post things that are important to me in a blog and walk away.

Really awesome things that have happened since April 26th. I am WAY more productive. Running a business is a lot of work, it’s less work when you aren’t popping in on social media and coming up for air realizing you’ve been on for 35 minutes, long past what you had time for. A new semester started at the college I work for. Sydnie and Sadie turned 18!!! Sadie went to her last day of school last Friday and graduates high school, with honors, next Monday. My mom turned NINETY-ONE!!! I wasn’t sure she was going to make it to that milestone, but she did, and as always I am grateful. Sofia turned 14!! And I partially ruptured my patellar tendon… which has NOT been fun. And an amazing, thoughtful and loving friend suprised me with a gift yesterday that touched my heart and was exactly what I needed! I am blessed with some pretty awesome folks in my life!

So there it is… I’ve got a few scheduled blogs over the few days and they will post automatically. I am still on Messenger (for now) and of course you’re always welcome to text or call.


Alex for 400

In memory of my favorite game show host that visited my dreams ❤

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So, last night was the 2nd night this week I’ve had the same dream…

Alex Trebek and I are backpacking around South America in Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and we’re looking for precious gems. There is a whole Celestine Prophecy and Indiana Jones feel to the adventure.

Alex tells me over dinner at the hacienda that he has to fly back to Studio City the next morning to film Jeopardy, but he wants me to keep searching without him.

The next morning he leaves and I continue my adventure, discovering the secret gems in the late afternoon. I go back to the hacienda to call him and realize he’s on live TV (even though I “know” the show is taped) and I decide to call and leave him a message to call me the moment he is off the air.

I’m watching him on TV as I’m calling and he looks…

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Coffee & Chili Rubbed Ribs

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote a post!

How is everyone? I’m great. Traveling for work, busy with my new passion, my Skoolie and on Day 16 of a Whole30 round. I haven’t done a complete Whole30 in a few years and even though I’ve remained gluten-free for nearly 8 years, I’m still having some aches and pains that I wanted to see what might be triggering them.

On Whole30 you cook A LOT. And that’s cool, since I love cooking! Last night I made ribs with my favorite homemade rub. And thought I’d share it with you. These can be made in your quick cooker (instant pot) fast or slow. I’ll include both here. Yesterday they were slow cooked because I love how it permeates the air in the bus 😋


1 pound of ribs (I used boneless country-style)

2 large onions sliced in chunks


2 heaping TBS of Ancho Chili Pepper (I used Penzeys Chili 9000 blend)

1 TBS ground espresso coffee

1 TBS smoked paprika

1 TBS roasted garlic

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup stock (doesn’t matter what kind, use water if you don’t have stock)

Turn your quick cooker on brown/sautée and put in the coconut oil.

Throw your ribs in a gallon-sized zip-loc bag. Dump in the spices. Shake until completely coated.

Brown ribs on each side for 3 minutes (if using traditional slow cooker do this in a pan).

Throw the onions on top of the ribs.

Add stock.

Place lid on.

If slow cooking cook for 4 hours.

If quick cooking 45 minutes!

I had a side of sweet potato with ghee.

Consume 😋


Low Carb Keto Cream Cheese Pancakes

These were easy to make and yummy!

4 pancakes

2 servings

Nutrition each serving:

Calories 390 k/cal

Fat 35g

Protein 16g

Carbs 3g


4 oz cream cheese

4 eggs

I added a pkt of Splenda (optional)

Butter ~4 tsp


Put cream cheese and eggs in a blender. I took my blender off and shook it to have an even batter.

Place a pat of butter in small pan and melt.

Pour batter to cover bottom of pan.

When you see the sides turning up, flip (about 2 mins on medium heat).

Cook another minute and plate.



WanderLust Bus Road Trip #1

An update from ThisMidwifeTravels

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Today is Day 14 of the WanderLust Bus’ inaugural trip and I’ve been having a blast! My friend Alice, a midwife in north Florida, is with me on this adventure.

I started on September 29th by driving from home to Apopka, FL where I met up with other skoolie friends and had an amazing weekend!

Off I go! Pulling out of the driveway for my first big adventure!

My View This was my view for two mornings in a row. So peaceful at John and Sarah’s place!

View from Kitchen And this was the view from the other side of the bus ❤

Max and BeBe The dogs and I enjoying the peace and quiet.

Seat Addition Charlie and Jeremiah installed a seat up front for Alice to sit in, it even has seat belts! I nearly broke Charlie’s toe, trying to set it in the chair rail… he’s such an awesome dude that he worked right through it. Sorry Charlie 😦 And…

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