Turning 50

Turning 50 in 50 days, I remembered the art of gratitude & forgiveness I found my “Fiftiness” this morning folded into child’s pose on a dog-hair covered area rug on my family room floor. It was in the dark quiet stillness of those moments before the sun peaks into the front windows and the shower …

Best of friends

The older I get, the more I recognize not only the value of keeping in touch with “old” friends, but the absolute necessity of it. I’ve been doing slightly better in this area the past few years, but there is always room for improvement. I recently enjoyed a movie and dinner with a lifelong friend from …

It’s Day 31 of our Just One Thing Challenge – How making one small, maintainable change can have huge effects… Every heard of the butterfly effect? The idea that small causes can have large effects. It’s been said that the flapping of the wings of a butterfly on one side of the planet can cause …

Nina Sadowsky is a best-selling fiction author who didn’t pen her first novel – Just Fall — until she was in her 50s. Now, a television show based on that book is in the works, and her second novel – the Burial Society – is due out in 2017. Nina’s journey to author-hood was partly …

Cox Family Vacation

My youngest child – nine years younger than her closest sibling — is that kid with whom I would have NEVER let my oldest children play. By age 2, she was singing inappropriate song lyrics. Her older brother thought it was really funny to teach her the words to Kesha’s Tik Tok. By 5, she …

Bye-Bye Minivan Memories

Michelle Cox
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I cried on my 30th birthday. I was sitting in a bar in downtown St. Louis at an impromptu party that my husband had organized, and suddenly I was crying. My friend, Jan, asked me what was wrong, and I said, “I’m 30 years old and I’m driving a minivan.” Jan snickered and reminded me I wanted the …

The summer of 2012 changed Jan Wadsack’s life. Now, more than three years later– after breast cancer, a double mastectomy and arduous reconstruction, thyroid tumors, a year of chemo treatments, infections, frightening genetic test results and even a cancer battle for her dog–she embraces life with a sense of gratitude and a new “after cancer” …

Running With Others

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Running alone is hard. Choosing to run with others is hard, too, but better. In this way, running is a little bit like life. This is even more true as I elbow up to the bar of 50. Doing the hard things becomes so much less of a chore and so much more an experience …

Turning 50 On It’s Head!

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handstand in pool

I am in the shallow end of the pool, feet in the air, one hand on the bottom of the pool, the other holding my nose, demonstrating that I can still do a perfect handstand when the upper half of my body is supported by three feet of water. During a typical summer, I wouldn’t …