When Empty Nest Leaves You Wondering – Practice These 3 Things

"Wonder" begets "Wonder-ing"This past week, I had a long layover in Buffalo, New York. I failed to experience real, authentic Buffalo chicken wings, however, I was able to take in something even more memorable...Niagara Falls. My crew and I left our uniforms behind and decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and spend … Continue reading When Empty Nest Leaves You Wondering – Practice These 3 Things

10 Things New Empty Nesters Struggle With and Some ‘Relief Humor’

Most of the time, major life-transitions are difficult ...(And empty nest is one of those times) So many kinds of transitions. Life is full of them. The planned and the unplanned. The expected and the unexpected. The ones you long for and the ones you dread. The transition from childhood to adulthood. From high school to college. … Continue reading 10 Things New Empty Nesters Struggle With and Some ‘Relief Humor’

When Your Big Plans for Monday – Get Moved to Tuesday…Do This:​

I've done it subconsciously, most of my life... I doodle arrows. On anything. On everything. Ever since I can remember, this has been a silly habit of mine. Yes, I was that child who could not sit still unless it was something that held my interest and attention. Creating was my outlet and I shied … Continue reading When Your Big Plans for Monday – Get Moved to Tuesday…Do This:​

What Empty Nest and (Backyard) Construction Sites Have in Common

When your last child leaves home and you feel like a bulldozer ran over your heart, ...and it all seems so overwhelming, ...so final, ...so strange, ...how, and where do you begin to change the landscape of your life after kids? I'll tell you the first thing I did, friend. I cried. After our youngest … Continue reading What Empty Nest and (Backyard) Construction Sites Have in Common

Coming This Fall – A New Focus on Empty Nesters

I'm so excited about what I've been preparing to share with you, friends, and so I thought I'd post a quick update for you. It's been quite a year of having to recover from broken bones, torn ligaments, and much-needed surgery for my knees. I've had a lot of time to consider my writing path … Continue reading Coming This Fall – A New Focus on Empty Nesters

Acorn Gert and Brother Bert Book Review “GREAT Picture Book for Kids”

Wow – I’m so grateful for this wonderful review of my new book, Acorn Gert and Brother Bert. Thank you so much Irene S. Roth!

Irene's Inspiring Book Reviews and Author Interviews

gertAcorn Gert and Brother Bert
By Elizabeth Duncan Stretar
Illustrated by: Rosemarie Gillen

This is a wonderful picture book for kids about how they can be great, regardless of how small they are in the beginning, by focusing on what is most important and by planting strong inner seeds. Then they can all grow into the person they were meant to be!

This is a book that will take the young reader on a reflective journey on how they can grow to be all that they were meant to be. We all start off small and miniscule in the grand scope of things. And we may all remain that way unless we all put our own marks on the world around us by becoming who we were truly meant to be. What a great message for kids!

We live in a culture when kids are encouraged to feel inadequate from…

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I'm so excited to share my new book with you and your little ones! Get your copy for Christmas! YOu can order on Amazon or you can email me and I'll send you a signed copy to that little someone special in your life. http://wp.me/p1PCiu-yK

3 Things About Acorns and Oaks

(photo credit: MARK MOFFETT) Oh, the beauty of Autumn! At least here in the midwest, the Fall season is something quite spectacular to behold. But the message of the acorn and the oak - is something even more spectacular. Midway through my career as a non-profit director, I had this crazy, acorn-sized thought...to 'someday' become a … Continue reading 3 Things About Acorns and Oaks

When A Routine Flight Becomes An Above and Beyond Kind-of-Day

I'm a bit speechless today friends. As some of you may have noticed, I have silenced my voice from writing this past year, however, that's not what I want to focus on today. I was compelled to write today. To write now. To write this. I just arrived at my hotel and wanted to share … Continue reading When A Routine Flight Becomes An Above and Beyond Kind-of-Day

3 Things to Pack for the Journey Through Transition

When faced with a major life transition, how will you navigate your soul? Career changes; Role changes (getting married, becoming a parent, becoming an empty nesters); and Unexpected Life changes (being diagnosed with a major illness, losing a loved one, divorce, caring for a child or parent)... these common life events can often make the average Jane and Joe feel … Continue reading 3 Things to Pack for the Journey Through Transition

All is Well Within

An in-between shorty post...for you! Woke up this morning and had to share this moment of beauty with you. This moment. One moment... ...among a strand of moments. May your moments today be filled with awe, wonder, peace, and joy. Enjoy your weekend friend. I'll looking forward to beginning a new series with you next … Continue reading All is Well Within

If These Walls Could Talk!

It started with the simple afternoon task; but before I knew it, I was way in over my head.  What began as simple weekend project of painting a few walls turned into several weeks of scraping, patching, caulking, sanding, more patching, more sanding, and then priming before I could even begin thinking about applying a fresh … Continue reading If These Walls Could Talk!

3 Helpful Reminders When Things Don’t Go As Planned

I became a flight attendant two years ago (in part) so I could give more time to my writing life. I wanted a decent paying career that would also give me the flexibility I needed to balance time with family and develop my love for writing. So with a friend's nudge to give flying a try, … Continue reading 3 Helpful Reminders When Things Don’t Go As Planned