Live Your Beach Life

By Lori Welch Brown Live Your Beach Life In 2018, XXL and I were able to realize our dream of purchasing a second home near the ocean. We love it.  I mean, what’s not to love about being 250 steps from waves breaking on the sand? We are both native Alexandrians.  We love our city—especially […]

Middle-Age Madness

By Lori Welch Brown Middle-Age Madness When I was in my forties, I kept hearing women say, “When I hit fifty, that is when life started,” or “At fifty, I really came into myself.”  All good, positive things, right?  My 40s weren’t bad, give or take an open-heart surgery to correct two blocked arteries.  I […]

Adulting for the Win

By Lori Welch Brown Adulting for the Win You get to a certain age and you think you’ve got this “adulting” thing down, right?  You’re trucking along, monitoring your credit score, begrudgingly make colonoscopy appointments, take a vitamin or two—heck, you even make your bed on a consistent basis.  Fantastic—you have earned your Adult Badge!  […]

The Art of the Bounce Back

By Lori Welch Brown The Art of the Bounce Back Yoga teaches you flexibility.  Meditation teaches you serenity and oh so many things.  Algebra teaches you—well, I’m still trying to figure that one out.  What no one teaches you, however, is the art of the bounce back which I’ve probably struggled with more over the […]

My Sybil Summer

By Lori Welch Brown My Sybil Summer Anyone remember that 1976 movie “Sybil” about the woman with multiple personalities or perhaps the Netflix show, “United States of Tara?”  I can relate.  I don’t know if it’s the heat or Mercury Retrograde, but seriously—who am I and who is that woman who had a near meltdown […]

Born in the USA

By Lori Welch Brown Born in the USA I am blessed with an embarrassing wealth of freedom and independence.  When I think of freedom, I think of my ability to take an art class on a Wednesday morning, get a manicure during the work day or accept an invite for a Girl’s Night Out.  Most […]

Tomorrow Never Knows

By Lori Welch Brown Tomorrow Never Knows My family took a big hit recently with the loss of my oldest brother, Phil.  Actually—I think the ripple effects extend far beyond our family as he had a work family, a church family, a baseball family, a coaching family, etc.  He had childhood friends and new chemo […]

A Tribe of Her Own

By Lori Welch Brown A Tribe of Her Own I pride myself on being a girl’s girl.  The friendships I’ve built with other females have sustained me my entire life.  I grew up with three brothers so I wasn’t born into a sisterhood, but I learned early on that a girl tribe was important to […]

Navigating Life w/Dad

By Lori Welch Brown Navigating Life w/Dad I enjoyed a great, middle-class childhood.  It wasn’t perfect, but my three brothers and I transitioned to adulthood without a single appearance on Dateline and no one in the Prince William County police force knows us on a first-name basis.  I didn’t raise any children, but I know […]

The C Word

By Lori Welch Brown The C Word I joined a new club recently—it’s not incredibly exclusive, the initiation is daunting, and you will be happy to pay your dues and look for the nearest exit.  I wasn’t in a hurry to join the ranks of The Colonoscopy Club, and now I understand why.  Holy Toledo, […]