Dec 14

Pig on a Leash in SLC

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Just a sleepy, rainy Saturday morning on Main St, SLC, until…

Yesterday morning my 16-year-old son and I had to get up at the sliver of dawn to get him to the University of Utah by 7:45 a.m. so he could take the ACT test for college. Unfortunately for him he was sequestered most of the day in Warnock Hall (which always looks like “Warlock” Hall to me) in the middle of the U of U campus exercising his little brain until smoke trickles out his ears.

But enough about him. Let’s get to me.

Because I was his ride down I needed to find something to do for these many hours. I went to the Coffee Garden on Main Street in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, bought myself a 20 oz. almond milk latte and a freshly baked scone, booted up my computer and thoughtfully decided that I’d get a boatload of work done.

However, 45 minutes into my disciplined sojourn, I saw a man walking down Main Street, SLC, with a pig on a leash. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 17

Self-Publishing With The Memoir Midwife

Memoir Midwife Congratulations 300x222 Self Publishing With The Memoir MidwifeI haven’t blogged in a while because I’ve been hunkered down finishing my new book, THE MEMOIR MIDWIFE, Nine Steps to Self-Publishing Your Book, a very simple, yet straight forward, explanation of how to self-publish a book. It literally lists the steps of self-publishing, and includes a checklist at the end of each step so you know exactly what you need to do. Don’t be alarmed by how skinny the book is. Self-publishing is not like patting your head while rubbing your tummy (which I still haven’t mastered, by the way). This is a tiny, non-intimidating book that is crammed packed with a wealth of information. The good news? It will only take you about an hour to read. That’s the beauty of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Carpool Number 32 on Driveway 6, You’re Cleared for Takeoff

In honor of my youngest turning 16 in one week, I give you this funny carpool excerpt from my book, Confessions of a Band Geek Mom. Fare-thee-well, carpool. I will miss you like I miss a toothache.

carpool Carpool Number 32 on Driveway 6, You’re Cleared for Takeoff

I’m a little worried about my family’s carbon footprint. I think it’s a men’s size 14 and growing. For three people who live in a town so small you could literally walk across it in less than an hour, we drive way too much. Ironically, we’re not motoring around just so we can go to the store and back. No, we get into our cars and leave our fair city at least twice a week to go to (are you ready for this) band practice.

Yes, my sons joined a state honor band, which at the time seemed like a good idea, until we realized that the band director lives about 50 miles from us. Hmm…call me psychic, but I’m guessing this guy is going to want the kids to travel to his end of the GPS map for practice. (It would be too much to hope it’d be the other way around.) When I suggested to my older son that he literally phone in his performance, he just looked at me as if I had the common sense of a fence post (being he’s a teenager, I’m getting used to that look). Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

Cynical is the New Optimistic

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It’s a fine line…

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
Or who has said it,
Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason,
And your own common sense.

–Buddha

Creativity. If you’re cursed with it it’s the thing that motivates you to get up in the morning, but then bitch-slaps you down to self-loathing depths the second you try to put it to practical use. Not unlike a clandestine lover who demands all your attention, but never wants to be seen with you in public, your creativity shines brightest when when you dance alone with it in the solitude of your psyche. Most of the time it reveals its beauty only to you, yet like a fool in love you spend your entire life trying to legitimize its splendor to people who couldn’t care less. Because in your heart you just know that if everyone could share the joy you feel when you craft that perfect phrase or come up with that undeniable plot twist, the world would be a much better place.

I offer this dismal little analogy only because Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 10

Happy Life-Coming-at-Ya Day

Originally published on August 8, 2014, under the title “Koozie Worthy LIfe Events,” I’m reposting this because for some reason it wasn’t sent to all my followers. And of course, my followers follow because they don’t want to miss a single post! I apologize if you received this twice. (Please let me know if that was the case. Technical difficulties resolved, I hope.) And if it DID grace your inbox twice, consider it your double lucky day!
–SD

celebrate 300x206 Happy Life Coming at Ya DayI have reason to be happy today. I just got the report that my mammogram came back normal. That might not be a big deal to you (especially if you’re a guy), but I’ve had some related health scares in the past, so it’s always a bit of a nail-biter when my annual “boob bash” rolls around. Plus, I have several dear, close friends who have either fought the good fight (and fortunately, won) or ones who are embarking on the battle as we speak.

As a result, every year I “pass” I feel like that’s one more bullet I’ve miraculously dodged.

To commend myself on a job well done, I came home and Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 08

Koozie Worthy Life Events

celebrate 300x206 Koozie Worthy Life EventsI have reason to celebrate today. I just got the report that my mammogram came back normal. That might not be a big deal to you (especially if you’re a guy), but I’ve had some related health scares in the past, so it’s always a bit of a nail-biter when my annual “boob bash” rolls around. Plus, I have several dear, close friends who have either fought the good fight (and fortunately, won) or ones who are embarking on the battle as we speak.

As a result, every year I “pass” I feel like that’s one more bullet I’ve miraculously dodged.

To commend myself on a job well done, I came home and Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Podcast Episode 1: Making Change

making change Podcast Episode 1: Making Change

Is expecting your change a thing of the past?

Well, I’ve threatened to do this for quite some time, and now it’s finally happened. As of today I’m starting a podcast on my blog. So for those of you who are too busy to read my blog (which I totally understand, by the way, since I’m too busy to read half the blogs to which I subscribe), you can now download the podcasts of my blogs from iTunes (starting about three days from now) and listen to them when you’re in sitting in traffic or supposed to be paying attention during the preflight instructions. (Because if you don’t know how to buckle a seatbelt or where the emergency exits are by now, well, then let’s face it, maybe you should just let natural selection takes its course.) Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 13

Trophy Wife Wisdom

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The view of Park City from Bald Eagle at Deer Valley

The other night I went to a summer soiree in Deer Valley with a friend. It was the kind of eclectic socio-economic shindig at which couples (ranging from ski bums to high tech CEO’s) get together and drink expensive wine that the hosts picked up while passing through the Rhone Valley on their way to Marseille for some nude sunbathing. A personal reward, I guess, for being on Jenny Craig all spring. Not exactly my idea of recompense, since to me nude sunbathing is right up there with that dream I occasionally have in which I’m naked in the frozen food aisle of a Super Walmart and all the obese people point at me and laugh. This vision usually permeates my subconscious when the gas or electric bill is looming and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pay either one. Read the rest of this entry »

May 30

Recording History in a Garage Sale

garage sale 300x300 Recording History in a Garage SaleWell, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog and I have a very good reason for that. Actually I have several reasons, the biggest being that I can’t clone myself. Between doing all my self-publishing workshops (which have become so popular I’ve now expanded them into Southern California), and working at the Park City Information Channel (I’m the Director of Program Development), and helping launch Sassypants Design (a funny greeting card business in Del Mar, CA, with my talented graphic designer friend, Amy Chin), I haven’t found time to uncross my eyes from the dizziness of it all. Let along get a coherent thought down on paper that’s even mildly entertaining.

But in addition to all that I’ve decided it’s time to move after 19 years of living in the same house. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 15

Sassypants Design

asleep at desk 300x199 Sassypants Design

Why I’m no good at an office desk job

In my never-ending quest to avoid getting a real job, I have embarked upon yet another business venture that is fueled by my agile wit and pointed sense of humor. (Both of which have been discernible deterrents when it comes to relationships, especially those involving bosses that don’t appreciate a subordinate who graciously points out the absurd without being asked. I know, what dour ingrates, right?) Read the rest of this entry »

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