I am the mother of three adolescent children. Theo, my oldest child, is 20. He was the inspiration for my very first post in this blog entitled “Birth of a man“. I have also written a bit about my 12-year-old son Nicky here, here, and here, and my 17-year-old daughter Bella here, here and here. I grew up in Oregon, the oldest of two girls. My father was a philosophy professor and also our personal hair stylist. My mom stayed home with us until I was a teenager, at which time she began her career as the director of a hospice, leaving me and my sister home alone after school to watch countless Adam-12 reruns and tons of MTV. I had a carefree, happy, somewhat sheltered childhood. I did not have a religious upbringing, but have always been interested in “God”, spirituality, religion, death and the meaning of my life.
In addition to being a mom, I should mention that I am divorced from the father of my three children, and I have a wonderful boyfriend who loves fly-fishing and helps me take good care of my children and myself. I work as a clinic manager in a small primary care clinic with an awesome MD who is one of my best friends and who I sometimes refer to as my “work husband”. I haven’t written about my work in the clinic a lot, but it inspires and informs my writing and my life. I am a passionate teacher and practitioner of yoga. Because I have gone through some challenging times in my life, I work hard on the practices which sustain me including writing in this blog. With misslisted, I strive to be honest, and consistent, and my blog posts can be silly or serious, and sometimes sad. They are often cathartic for me and help me work through things. I started this blog because I wanted to write my own stories about my life, and I thank you for reading and sharing your comments and thoughts.