Be Kind to Yourself

September 30, 2016

I saw this video a while back and book marked it to share with you. Love Peterson’s voice, love that he’s singing with his young daughter, love the love that it’s all about.

Happy Friday, friends! I’m dragging a bit today… the sickness in our household has not quite been vanquished, but I think we’re getting close. The rainy weather for the past few days made me feel a bit better about holing up at home. Have a great weekend — be kind to yourself! I’ll see you back here next week.




Tavarua Island

June 8, 2016

Surfing by deli de la Rua

Do you ever wish you could escape to a beautiful island where the people are warm and hospitable, the water is a perfect shade of blue, and there’s nothing to do but relax, unwind, and enjoy the wonders of nature? Well, my sister and her family lived that dream a few months ago when they spent 10 days on the island of Tavarua in Fiji. It doesn’t even look big enough for an airplane to be able to land so I keep forgetting to ask them how they even got the actual island. Maybe by whale?

They were there over Easter (my nieces’ spring break) and during an egg hunt one of them found the ‘golden egg’ in a palm tree. Naturally! The highlight for my sister was when staff woke them up before sunrise on Easter morning singing hymns outside their hut.

They also took a boat out to see “Cloud Break” — a world famous wave that people come from all around the world to surf. It’s huge and dangerous and scary to even look at — and that’s coming from my sister who’s not afraid of much (unlike yours truly). She said the snorkeling was gorgeous, the coral colorful, and the seafood delicious. They loved the fruit bats and even saw the poisonous sea snakes which are very tame (though they kept their distance).

Anyway, while they were there, a film company was shooting a promotional video for visitors and my beautiful nieces and brother-in-law are featured in it. I wanted to post it above but privacy settings won’t let me. Still, you can see it here on vimeo. My nieces are running through the trees at the beginning, as well as snorkeling and surfing, and my brother-in-law is the guy looking proud about the big 45+ lbs yellow fin tuna he caught.

When you can’t go to a place like Tavarua yourself, you can always live vicariously through others, right?

Image: delfi de la Rua at unsplash


Inspiration & Laughter

March 15, 2016

The time change is kicking my butt this week — I feel so behind and it’s only Tuesday!

If you’re having a week like I am so far, here are two videos I thought might help.

First, some inspiration: I don’t know if you’ve heard of this man — Narayanan Krishnan. CNN named him one of their “Heros” in 2010 so I may be the only one who hasn’t seen his story, but wow:

And then, this. Totally happens to me and I’ve seen this happen on the subway myself. (Oh, and the same thing happens with crying… (not on the subway)… I’m not much of a crier, but if someone else tears up, that’s it for me. You?)

What’s inspiring you or making your laugh this week?


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Boozer on Board

June 4, 2012


So, I white-knuckled it to northern Kentucky on Friday morning, but last night seemed like a good time to break out the small bottles of vodka I brought. And I almost enjoyed myself; the flight was smooth and short, and I was drunk. Well, sort of. I didn’t think I was, but there was a point where my husband leaned over and said, “You have shamed our family.”

Apparently, I kept using the head rest of the man in front of me to pull myself up, yanking it back, along with the man’s head. Yes, I became that woman on the flight. All I know is that it was one of my best flights ever.

We had a brief but lovely visit with my in-laws, and I didn’t have much time to write, so this morning I thought I’d post a charming video that’s making its way around the internet. It’s a live lip-dub proposal by a guy named Isaac to his girlfriend, Amy. I’ve never been a fan of public proposals — mostly because I’d never want one myself — but this is one time that getting family, friends, and neighbors involved really worked. Hope it gets your week off to a happy start.

Image: B 


This vignette of a ballet sequence in slow motion is not only beautiful to watch, it shows the discipline behind every motion of professional dancers like these two. Wow. Thanks to Margaret for bringing it to my attention.

It’s been some kind of week around here! This slow mama needs a slow weekend, and she’s not going to get one. Boo. I do hope, however, to carve out a little time to get outside and enjoy the tree blossoms, read my new issue of Saveur, and catch up with B. If you’ve got some time to breathe this weekend, you may enjoy checking out some neat things spotted over the past few days:

Have a slow weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!


This Chipotle ad has making the rounds lately. The company seems to be doing fast food the right way, if that can be said. It’s been my favorite chain for a while because of its focus on local, organically raised meats. With the odd exception, I tend to eat vegetarian when I’m out if I know the chicken, beef, or pork is industrially raised. More and more places, however, are wising up to the consumer trend of wanting local and ethically raised meat, so that’s good news for eaters like me.

I’ve got a busy weekend ahead: I’m going to start packing for Spain, attend the baptism of a sweet little girl named Sophie, and spend time with my hubby on Monday because he has the day off — yay! Here are some fun items I found to share with you as we head into the weekend…

  • Great advice from style icon Iris Apfel (spotted on Design Mom).
  • Wendell E. Berry — noted poet, essayist, novelist, farmer, and conservationist — will deliver the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Kennedy Center this April, and the SlowMama crew will be there!
  • I’d love a cottage like this.

Have a slow weekend, and see you back here on Monday!


Simple Raw Talent

November 10, 2011

Just had to share this with you. Saw it posted at Make Grow Gather.

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The Time Machine

July 25, 2011

As promised, here’s a wonderful documentary short that’s worth 12 minutes of your time. It’s called The Time Machine and it was filmed at Grand Central Station in New York City by Mark D. Chou. Thanks to my friend, Peter, who thought it was perfect for SlowMama readers and sent it to me.

If you’re too busy to watch it, then you really need to!


videos coming soon

I’m experimenting with videos right now and I’ll start posting them when I…

a) Film something anyone would possibly want to watch.

b) Figure out how to stop being vain.

Neither of these are going well so far, so stay tuned.