Do You Work??? (In Honor of the Stay-at-home Mom!)

May 31, 201 Do you work??? What?  If that isn’t potentially the most insulting question anyone can ask a woman who works 24-7 in a household I don’t know what is. “Do you work?”  When do you not work?  I recall when my family lived in a suburb outside Chicago, circa 1960, and every woman “worked”.Continue reading “Do You Work??? (In Honor of the Stay-at-home Mom!)”

Lessons Learned From Draft Horses

July 31, 2018 / Nancy Diraison There is nothing more impressive than the sight of an elegant team of draft horses working smoothly together. The flowing manes, the massive hooves, the powerful muscles pulling — those all depend on highly skilled training when properly “hitching” these majestic creatures. The exact source of the expression “toContinue reading “Lessons Learned From Draft Horses”

To be Cherished… Cherish HIM!

July 19, 2018 / Nancy Diraison Once upon a time girls dreamed of finding their prince charming — men of strength, valor, gentleness and kindness. Life seldom works out that way but the fantasies are fun. Barring extremes of bad behavior, men were traditionally admired and appreciated as protectors and providers. Feminism took a lead role inContinue reading “To be Cherished… Cherish HIM!”


May 31, 2017 / Nancy Diraison It was during my first audition with an honored Hollywood voice coach that the question was posed to me — the question which forms part of the backdrop for this website. In fact the Maestro was not taking any more students. He was 86 years old and had survivedContinue reading “BRINGING BACK FATHERS”

TAKING BACK our children and families: The Meaning Behind it

July 3, 2018 / Nancy Diraison Some of our recent product posts bear the mottos, “America, take your children back” and “America, take your families back”. While the intent is clear to some, it provokes questions from others.  Just “what” do we take our children “back” from? The short answer is to take our childrenContinue reading “TAKING BACK our children and families: The Meaning Behind it”

Can We See Farther in the Dark?

Nancy Diraison November 25, 2018 Learning the Art of Hope  It happens to everyone, young and old, poor and prosperous… Troubled times show no partiality. Losses, griefs, illness, sometimes with no clear reason at all, we can find ourselves “in the pits”. Is it depression? Maybe, maybe not. The word is overused these days. WeContinue reading “Can We See Farther in the Dark?”

The Four Seasons of Parenting

Nancy Diraison. October 22, 2018 Why the right order matters in child rearing Why children need both parents No one questions the four seasons in nature. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. They make sense. If winter came right after spring there would be no harvests. If we skipped any season agriculture would not have itsContinue reading “The Four Seasons of Parenting”