Spark to a Flame

By Lori Welch Brown Spark to a Flame Not sure what all the 4th of July hoopla is all about. Wanna see fireworks? Walk in my shoes for a few days. I’ve got fireworks happening in this 50 year old body non-stop. Some days it’s a full-blown Capitol tribute up in here. Lately my job […]

Good to Great

By Lori Welch Brown Good to Great Many of you loyal readers may remember that I wrote the Single Space column for the Old Town Crier for about a century. That might be an exaggeration, but trust that it was a long, long time. Let’s just say that I was the resident dating expert or […]

You’re KIDding me, right?!

By Lori Welch Brown   You’re KIDding me, right?!   I am the youngest of four, and the only girl. I’ve been the ‘baby’ of the family my entire life. To cement this fact and for reasons unbeknownst to me, pretty much everywhere I’ve worked, I’ve been referred to as the ‘kid.’ Somehow, this title […]

An Ordinary Luxury

By Lori Welch Brown   An Ordinary Luxury   On a recent Saturday morning as I was deciding whether or not to use tap or distilled water in my Neti pot, another woman was attempting to absorb the news that her only daughter had died of a heroin overdose just hours before. I’m aware of […]

March Madness

By Lori Welch Brown March Madness Ever feel like your current situation is never going to change? That you’ll be stuck exactly where you are in this moment—whatever this moment is—Your abysmally single moment? Your pathetically broke butt, no money in your account, moment? Your pants don’t fit no matter how much you suck it […]

Goin’ for the Goal

Lori Welch Brown Goin’ for the Goal   Hi, my name is Lori and I’m an addict. I’m addicted to achieving, accomplishing and producing. I’m a “goalaholic”. My days are besieged by a relentless desire to do do do! Who wants to just ‘be’ when there’s all this stuff to be done and tasks to […]

A Calendar Year

by Lori Welch Brown   A Calendar Year   It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise. —Nancy Thayer   Sharpen up your pencils because this month is all about revising—revising your social life, your waist line, your gym plans, your refrigerator contents, etc. If you had a practically over-indulgent holiday season, […]

The JoJo Effect

By Lori Welch Brown   The JoJo Effect   My husband, XXL, is to blame. He’s the one who got me hooked. First, let me say that, God bless XXL, he watches HGTV like most men watch ESPN. I’m a reader by nature. XXL is not. Most evenings you’ll find me with my face buried […]

Li Vita Perfetta

Lori Welch Brown   La Vita Perfetta   Since we last spoke, my husband XXL and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. And, they said we’d never make it! I turned the big 5-0. And, they said I’d never make it! To commemorate both these extraordinary accomplishments, we spent two weeks in la bella Italia—which […]

Missed Opportunities

Missed Opportunities   So I started writing September’s column with a long ramble about the dog days of summer probably because the actual details of my summer are already a blur. What a scorcher, huh?! Oy the weather. This heat is unbearable. It’s a sweat-fest up in here. How did it get to be September […]