A Wee Journey Through Ireland

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There’s a palpable shift in the air; the back-to-school buzz has begun. I foolishly attempted to return an item at Target. The second I entered the store, I saw lines suffocating cashiers. I heard customers complaining about empty shelves. I turned around and sprinted to my car. I love seeing all the first day of school photos my friends are posting on social media. My heart weeps with parents who are leaving their kids at college for the first time. Alec began—gulp—11th grade, and Zoe started 8th grade. Just writing that sentence is prompting the urge to indulge in a … Read More

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How Did We Get Here?

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How did we get here already? This question percolates in my bubbling brain every August. My head is like a coffee pot brewing over-roasted beans. This year feels more intense, more pivotal, more emotional. Zoe sat between my husband and me at Friday’s school orientation. I watched her embrace teachers and friends. Her green eyes, framed with perfectly applied mascara, studied the new principal.  Her blonde, braided hair sweetly rested on her shoulders. Flashbacks of preschool and lower school flickered in my mind. She is entering her last year of middle school. My youngest child exuded excitement mixed with apprehension … Read More

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I Watch What I Eat!

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I had planned to write about my summer adventures today. There are wacky, wild moments and unforgettable ones, too! But every time I carved quiet time to compose the travel blog, somebody or something unexpectedly interrupted and required immediate attention. My personal itinerary modified itself hourly. I won’t bore you with the details. The lesson here? We must pivot and be ready for life to change in seconds. It does. It has. And it always will. Just as this past week became a winding road rather than a straight route, I am switching directions to adjust. Let’s lighten the mood … Read More

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It’s Been A Year!

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August. A month for years I’ve dreaded. I’ve lost more than six loved ones in August. The first pivot from sadness to joy occurred on August 17, 2004. My beautiful, baby girl entered our world, and it forever changed for the better. For a few decades, I’ve been dreaming and yammering about “writing again.” I finally made the difficult decision to bid farewell to speech pathology. Deliberation, self doubt, and conflict popped up like a mischievous jack-in-the-box. I adore children and the profession. But I sensed it was time to reconnect with my life’s passion and purpose. I spoke with … Read More

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