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Opinion, Salt Lake City, The Great Salt Lake, Unusual Places / 02.05.2023

Music to accompany your reading: Countdown to Midnight Playlist  I’m here again. I’m writing and trying to get my words out for my blog. I notice my thoughts don’t flow as easily as they did before. I wonder if my sentences will hold meaning and resonate with my readers the way they used to. Will anyone take the time to care about what I’m writing? Sharing internet space with so many opinions is exhausting to keep pace with and since the pandemic I’ve felt it very frivolous to write...

exploration, Inspiration, Motherhood, Recipes / 09.11.2021

“It is the image in the mind that links us to our lost treasures; but it is the loss that shapes the image, gathers the flowers, weaves the garland” ~ Colette     Sometimes, when I’m really listening, I hear the sound of my mom’s voice calling my name from the distant past. I picture her tilting her head back with her chin to the air, her beautiful long chestnut colored hair framing her face and letting out a breathy laugh. I see my mom wearing her red apron tied around...

Inspiration, Recipes, Self Care, Shopping, Style / 03.12.2020

Your life is a story.   Write it well.   Edit often.   It’s been so long since I’ve written that I’ve been feeling resistant about creating new material. Have you ever felt those feelings of insecurity and lack of trust in yourself, afraid to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable?  To introduce yourself to a stranger, to look for a new job, to get back on skis, to leave a relationship or a friendship, to get back into the game. With so many starts and stops, 2020 has me feeling unsure of...

Art History, Destinations, Short Story, Travel / 25.02.2019

“Conscience is a man’s compass” ~ Vincent van Gogh Each year on the day after Christmas my husband Steve and I go on a kid-less vacation.  Our alone time is rare and so coveted that we put a lot of thought into making the most of our retreat. Thankfully, my kids have super indulgent grandparents who watch my boys at their charming house in my hometown of Philadelphia. After over a decade of this tradition, we have exhausted our favorite destinations in the Caribbean… all the sand and surf started...

Biography, Inspiration, Instagram, Opinion, Trends / 27.11.2018

“Time tends to collapse on the internet. There are no seasons, only epochs of memes.” - New York magazine   Days turned into weeks, then months, and now it’s almost been a year since my last blog post. I've tumbled down the Instagram rabbit hole and I'm disorientated.  In August 2016, Instagram cloned Snapchat's best product, stories. I remember when Instagram stories came out and I thought I would never waste my time uploading my life in 15 second increments. But now I find myself a hypocrite as I shamelessly stage...

Inspiration, Motherhood, Recipes / 17.11.2018

Make it Your Own. Honoring Tradition: Family Rituals & Recipes   Is there a scent that takes you back to the sweetness of your childhood?  During the holidays did your family share a traditional meal together? Is there a holiday movie you watched ritually each season, like Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, or Home Alone? Do you crave the taste of a traditional family recipe from your or someone dear to you?   Traditions are stories or rituals that are passed on from generation to generation. Traditions give us a sense of...

Inspiration, Relationships, Salt Lake City, Style / 08.02.2018

A Table Set With Love Originally published in Devour Magazine, February 2018 Is the idea of sitting elbow to elbow at a restaurant with your sweetheart not what you had in mind on Valentine’s Day? Are reservations at your favorite restaurant impossible to get? Do you have young children in tow and can’t find a sitter? Well, I feel you, and that’s why I prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with takeout Thai food and a bottle of prosecco. But that’s not to say I don’t make it count—just...

Astrology, Biography, Inspiration / 13.12.2017

Today marks the anniversary date I launched this blog, I Forgot My Mantra. The significance of the day is more than a number on a calendar for me. It represents the power of my thoughts and intentions, the belief that I am the agent of something other than running errands and folding laundry, and of course the sexiest part, expressing my creativity. What originally inspired me to write was my husband Steve’s colorful life—think Catch Me if You Can meets Curb Your Enthusiasm, with a little dash of Wolf...

Biography, Inspiration, Motherhood, Recipes / 17.10.2017

If I envy anyone it must be My grandmother in a long ago Green summer, who hurried Between kitchen and orchard on small Uneducated feet, and took easily All shining fruits into her eager hands. That summer I hurried too, wakened To books and music and circling philosophies. I sat in the kitchen sorting through volumes of answers That could not solve the mystery of the trees. My grandmother stood among her kettles and ladles. Smiling, in faulty grammar, She praised my fortune and urged my lofty career. So to please her I studied- but I will remember always How she poured...

Biography, Inspiration / 29.08.2017

I turned 21 on July 26, 1992 at our family beach house in Longport, New Jersey, a small coastal town about 7 miles south of Atlantic City. My 21st birthday did not by ANY means mark the first time I sipped alcohol.  At the age of 18 I was savvy enough to procure a fool-proof Pennsylvania driver’s license that my older sister, by three years, Marlena sold to me for $300 with my picture and her information. My Dad marked my 21st birthday by buying me a little black...