Well, shit.

By Dan Bennett (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI rub sleep from my eyes as I stumble my way toward the kitchen. I can’t remember the last time my alarm woke me before dawn and it’s clear I’ve lost my morning brain. I used to be able to get dressed, pack lunches, check homework and plan a family dinner while overseeing the morning zombie-shuffle of three children and a husband. Now it’s all I can manage to remember where the kitchen is and that’s only possible because that’s were the coffee lives.Read More »



“You will find within yourself the ability to replenish the spirit and encourage the beauty, development, and growth about to take place. Only with nurturance can this growth occur.” ~ from the Nurturance card, which I drew for myself yesterday afternoon

This morning, I took responsibility for and took the first small (and simultaneously HUGE) step toward addressing my side of a complicated, strained relationship. I had to intentionally choose vulnerability in a situation where I have historically suited up with ALL THE ARMOR.Read More »

July 20, 1969

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoonJuly 20th, 1969 lives in many people’s memories. They can tell you where they were and who they were with as Neil Armstrong first stepping on the soil of a celestial body other then Earth. They have vivid, technicolor dreams of that fuzzy, black and white footage.

July 20th, 1969 lives in infamy in my memory, too, but it has nothing to do with the moon landing, nothing to do with the making of American history. Although we didn’t know it that morning, my family was too busy dealing with it’s own historical event to pay any attention to events happening 239,000 miles from home.Read More »

Keeping Our Shit Together

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/15455079184 [CC BY 2.0; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode]“Water.” Erin spoke without opening her eyes. Her voice rasped and hissed through her dry throat, but Dean could still hear a touch of the old imperiousness underneath.

“Always bossing me around, aren’t you big sister?” he said as he held the straw against her cracked lips. She gave a faint smile before taking a sip. She swallowed rough and slow before opening her eyes to look at him.Read More »

BHE: 2017 Wrap-up

11328921715_f0ec00bec9_zSo Best Halloween Ever is over for 2017. If you’re curious about our final thoughts, read below. Otherwise, we’ll see you back here on Oct 1, 2018 for the next round. Now, my brain is officially turning to turkey and stuffing!

Mikey: Well, it looks like we have now watched 31 horror movies. Actually 29 horror movies, one comedy (Netherbeast Incorporated), and one thriller (Stonehearst Asylum), by my subjective calculations. We have each awarded six five-star ratings (counting 5+ as a 5). So I guess the obvious first question is: What was the best movie of them all?Read More »


magentaIt all started with that trip to Home Depot. Jared and I stood in the paint department, fighting over what color to paint the dining room, for hours.

I wanted a nice neutral color—an eggshell or beige. Something that would open the space up, let us get creative with the smaller details. I wanted the room to feel light and welcoming and elegant.Read More »