[From Mom: we are trying different ways of having Noah and Lucy contribute, and dictation seems to be best. They have been making recordings, but then I’m slow to put them up, so today I had Lucy just dictate hers to me. I asked Noah to email his and to try to […]
Valerie is a curious human person working on getting wiser, being helpful, finding joy, and rooting out fear. She is the founder and CEO of RISE Strategic, has been married to a fantastic beast for a quarter century, and has four fantastic kids.
Entries by Valerie
Mom is a little behind on posting my recordings. The other day when we went to the beach I got to see this little dog playing fetch, and the ball got in the water and I went and got it for the dog and it started playing fetch with me. He was really good at […]
I’m sure I’m not the first to say that a working vacation often ends up to be not quite either working or vacationing. So that has become very clear. I work more than I vacation, but I do vacation more than I did when I was at home. The question is,is a working vacation better […]
I had a wonderful conversation today with my dear friend Monique, my old walking partner. I walked on the beach while she pushed her stroller through unseasonably warm Farmington. We talked about how we fall into the trap of always wanting another “now,” when this moment is the only one we can live in. We […]
January 24, 2015 Saturday (the 24th) was the first day that my dad was here. We slept in then had pancakes and BACON! After that me, Noah, Ben and Lucy went down to the beach. It was super windy and the waves were huge. There were a bunch of surfers there. Later my parents came to […]
January 17-19, 2015 We stayed one more night in Amy’s house and then in the morning of the 17th (Saturday) we packed up and left for Sierra Madre. I lived in Sierra Madre when I was a little kid and we still have some friends there. One of the families that we are really good […]
I remember reading about one man who lived through Hurricane Sandy out east who said that it was actually really nice to simplify his life down to just making sure his family had shelter and food. I think I understand that a little better now with this experiment. When it comes to the kids, I do […]
Not really, I love change—I am fueled by variety. But I love that song, because I’m a walking mid-life crisis, and that song is the anthem of the female mid-life crisis. Let’s just remind ourselves of how great it is: And yes, I built my life around a lot of things that the landslide brought […]
It is day one of our great experiment of family vagabonding–seeing the world while taking care of business (school and work) online. Well, if you want to be exact about it, it’s day 15. But for me it was day one, because this first big trip was about being by the ocean, and today was the first […]
Here is Ben's album cover from 1973. Also known as his symphonic band picture from this year. He can't wait to finish the scouting event so he can start back on this hair project again. Can you believe how beautiful this boy is???