Welcome to Notes for the Family, a blog for moms, dads, husbands, wives, partners, friends, loners, grown-ups, and kids. Family life can be a great source of joy, connection, spontaneity, and fun. And, as most of us have experienced, it can also be a source of pain, anger, sadness, and disharmony. How can we interact with compassion, even when we disagree? How can we maintain hope during times of uncertainty or even loss? I am often touched by the love, strength, and resilience of families who are struggling with big challenges and yet have the courage to seek a deeper understanding of who they are and who they want to be. My goal in writing this blog is to support you and your family with information and encouragement. I welcome your questions and look forward to hearing from you about how your family works.