Author: Sharlene

Life View from the Gutter

In a pool, the “gutter” is the gateway to the filtration system.  Water gets pulled into the gutter to be filtered, before being sent back in. In large pools, the gutter runs the entire length of a pool.  The gutter lane is a fascinating lane.  I am just learning about it, as I’ve only just occupied it. I joined a

Continue reading

The Truth about Empathy #unfiltered

CTWorkingMoms has a fairly consistent “no politics” policy within our blogger team.  There are several reasons for it, and one of them is that it’s difficult to talk about politics without judgment.  It is also difficult to talk about politics without drawing judgment.  As a group that believes non-judgment trumps, we avoid the political band wagons. 

Continue reading

Embracing Our Humanity Takes Courage

I am slowly examining my relationship with perfectionism.  What brought this issue to the forefront?  First: I have children.  Cleaning my house, washing finger prints (or paint or marker) off the walls is futile.  The floors are never clean. I have a dog.  Ditto the above, minus perhaps a little paint but throw in a decent

Continue reading

Falling without Grace: The Messy Reality of Compassion Fatigue

ISIS, the Boko Haram, a lynching in Mississippi, a hung jury in a domestic violence homicide, the war on the poor instead of poverty, or the war on drug addicts instead of drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, friends with Cancer, grief, a proposed bill to legalize killing gays in California:  ENOUGH!  Pain and

Continue reading

Communicating with my Spouse: “I’m sorry, WHAT?! I can’t hear you!”

My wife and I share “that look” across the kitchen.  You know the one, the one that says “I’m sorry, were you talking?  I’m not sure, I can’t hear you over… EVERYTHING!”  That look.  Do we resign ourselves to yet another unfinished conversation, or insist, again, on some respect for the fact that every now and again

Continue reading