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Liesl Testwuide
Navigating life's twists, turns and inevitable changes.
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Welcome to a guided meditation for visiting your folks in Florida. First, find a quiet space where you can have a few minutes of privacy: a guest room, your father's recliner (is he raking the gravel again?), your mom's crafting room (perhaps she's watching Matlock), or the davenport if they're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Thanks Kathie- I agree that would be wonderful! Merry Christmas!
Oh my gosh! Blast from the past! Great to hear from you! Merry Christmas!
Dear kids, I know you're excited. You've been awake since 5:55 AM. I tried my hardest not to hear you playing Minecraft on the floor outside my bedroom. Thank you for not opening my door until the sun came up. In a few moments, you'll open your Christmas gifts. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Thank you, Jodi! We all can use a little more laughter. I appreciate the compliment!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2017 on Soccer Mom on Steroids at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Every week my 70+ year-old mother learns how to do something new on her smartphone. She's figured out how to add several emojis in her texts to the grandkids. She can play Solitaire any time, any place. And, she can check her AOL email account whenever she wants. Most recently... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
As Big Ben and I walked along the river's boardwalk recently, I caught a glimpse of a little girl waving and pointing in our direction. She had just come out of the ice cream parlor and gripped her overflowing waffle cone tightly with both hands. Smart girl. "Hey!" she shouted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Remember that old Dan Fogelberg song? When he runs into his old girlfriend on Christmas Eve? Met my old lover in the grocery store. The snow was falling, Christmas Eve. This just happened to me. Well, sort of. Granted, it wasn't Christmas Eve. I wasn't in the frozen food section... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
I woke up this morning and realized my three sons are on three different continents. I shuffled out of bed, let the dogs out, and sat on the lawn. It was eerily quiet. Signs of the boys were everywhere: an arrow stuck in the lawn which had missed its target... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Last night while I was drying dishes, my youngest son, "Dubya" (yep, his middle initial is really W) asked, "Mom, what's a common denominator?" I said, "You know my specialties: creating big hair, choosing slimming foundations, and knowing the correct order to use your forks and spoons in fancy restaurants.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
I've witnessed some incredible Heathrow Moments in my life. They occur when I'm alone in an airport, waiting for a flight. Most often I'm surrounded by crumpled napkins, a slice of pizza and a glossy magazine filled with shock and awe: celebs wearing no make up. And then it happens.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Labor Day weekend, the last glimpse of summer, is right around the corner. For control freaks like me, Labor Day weekend actually requires a great deal of labor to appear labor-less for the broods we love. It's an iconic American holiday marking the end of summer, so there’s serious pressure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Last Fall I received a phone call from Kym Leibham at Lakeland College. She asked if I'd be part of the 2015 cast for Lakeland's annual benefit, Movers & Shakers. I said "yes" without blinking for a few reasons. First, it's impossible to say "no" to Kym Leibham. If you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
My mother and I were born opposites. She's a Felix and I'm an Oscar. She's OCD. I'm ADD. Her passport is filed under "P" and mine...well, mine is around here somewhere. Growing up, I'd purposely do the opposite of what Mom suggested. If she said, "Boy Liesl, your natural hair... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
I'm excited to announce I'll be performing May 16, 2015 at the Lakeland College Movers & Shakers Gala. This year's gala will feature three stages to accommodate an exciting and diverse group of area performers including a solo pianist, live bands, speed painting, dance crews, drum line, a comedy singing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
It's a bad sign when I'm on a date and I miss my dog. If I look forward to drooly, droopy jowls, rather than Mr. Comb-over's kiss, it's time to call a cab. Don't get me wrong, I love men. It's just that in a lot of cases, I love... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Hi Cale- Thanks for your kind words. Its always nice to hear others can relate. Sorry to hear you are going through a tough time. Sometimes we need to stay strong, fight the big battles in order to have the opportunity to savor the small stuff. Other times we need to know when to let go. I always need third party, objective advice to avoid a purely emotional decision. Keep plugging along.... Or better yet, one of my favorite quotes, Keep trudging the path to happy destiny. Its always a good reminder that we need to work at creating a good life. Its not a given. Thanks for reading and commenting! Liesl Testwuide
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2015 on Trust the Process at LIESL TESTWUIDE
The following has been copied and pasted from my journal. Oh yes, folks, I'm taking notes. January 25, 2015 7:10 am: It's Monday, so we all overslept. 7:11 am: Ate six chalky Tums to quell nervous stomach. 7:13 am: Woke up boys. Groans emerged from the darkness. A pillow launched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
My middle child was on a rant. "No one likes the middle, Mom. No one ever calls the middle seat, especially on the Scrambler. No one wants a middle piece of cake. They want side pieces, the ones with all the frosting. Even you said you don't like the middle,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
I had good intentions for my New Year's resolution. Really good intentions. As a single mom, four years post-divorce, it's time to get back on the proverbial horse. Call it a horse, a rooster or whatever you choose, but it's time for me to get on something. I decided to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Dear kids, I know you're excited. You've been awake since 5:55 AM. I tried my hardest not to hear you playing Minecraft on the floor outside my bedroom. Thank you for not opening my door until it was light outside. In a few moments, you'll open your Christmas gifts. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Recently I read "What Does Your Pain Demand?" by Marty Coleman about recovering from burn injuries. Marty was in the hospital back in the 1970's after experiencing severe burns. He explains that the further one gets into burn recovery, the more pain one experiences: "When you are burned, your nerve... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
When I noticed the incoming call from our elementary school, I knew I had to take it. But I never have the guts to answer on the first ring when school calls. I immediately have to take several deep breaths and then mentally run through worst case scenarios. "Your son... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
Although I consider myself an expert in many areas of parenting, like how to maximize the longevity of boxer shorts or use a double dose of cough syrup for any ailment, I have exceptional authority on long-distance travel with boys. Summer has arrived and families are loading up to hit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE
As Mother's Day approaches, I can't help but think back to all the interesting gifts I've received from my three sons throughout the years. I fondly recall getting a bean plant in a Dixie cup. One fragile, hopeful stalk, reinforced (suffocated) by Scotch tape. A couple years later, I was... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at LIESL TESTWUIDE