On Graduation

My son graduates from 5th grade this year. This past year has marked a series of last firsts. Next fall, he, like countless kids before him, will enter the emotionally taxing time referred to as middle school. God help us all. But first, a final reflection on his time at Iron River Elementary School. Perfection […]

Opt Out: A Mother’s Day Rambling

My phone pinged at the end a particularly challenging day. Nothing extraordinary, just the regular challenge of parenting a 10-year-old going on 30. I grabbed my phone expecting an entertaining TikTok meme or a much-needed mascara discount. Instead, the text read Opt Out. The marketer in me was intrigued. After all, what company sends texts […]

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I’ve been a bit angry lately that you aren’t around. I have questions about your demons. Perhaps it is because the calendar keeps inching me towards the age you were when you left us. And, I cannot help but wonder if I’m destined for the same pathway. Twenty-eight years without you is a […]

I Voted

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.” James Clear My husband’s name recently appeared on the Spring election ballot for school board. It marked a great opportunity for my 10-year-old and I to experience the power of voting together with just the promise of an I […]

Morbid or Motivational? My Birthday Wish.

“Morbid or motivational? It is a fine line.” This month I turned 46. I spent my birthday on a plane returning from a week-long family vacation in Florida packed with ocean views and family time. While some celebrate another glorious trip around the sun, my thoughts tend to be a bit more morbid. This annual […]

Mom Watch This

MOM. WATCH THIS. I hear these words on the reg. It is often followed by some ridiculous stunt by my 10-year old son forcing himself into the center of my Universe. The tactic works time and time again because it is often includes some disruptive and occasionally hazardous (to me and my son) attempt to […]

A Squirrel Walks Into A Bar

I want to breakdown a first world problem occurring on the shores of Moon Lake. It started many moons ago with me wanting to brighten up the doldrums of Winter with a bird feeder. Little did I know this would result in a multi-year saga that involved our former cat dropping a dead bird on […]

Let’s Talk Football

“Keeping score isn’t nearly as important as knowing what makes up your scorecard.” Let’s talk football for a minute. I think there’s two important things to highlight here – I know very little about football and I was crushing on Travis Kelse before Taylor Swift knew he existed. Sure, I love a good Swift song […]

Extraordinarily Ordinary

In 2024, my ramblings will be seen as a column in some area blogs and newspapers. Here a peak at what readers can expect: Column 1: Extraordinarily Ordinary Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Beth, a middle-aged, latte drinking, working mama striving to live an extraordinarily ordinary life. For as long as […]

2024 Mantra: Being Happier

“Happiness isn’t found in some finite checklist of goal that we can diligently complete and then cost. It’s how we live our lives in the process.” Arthur Books Not happy. Happier. I stole my 2024 mantra from a book co-authored by Oprah Winfrey and Arthur Brooks. After all, who doesn’t want to be happy? To […]