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Why I’m Pushing on a Rope

Just what the world needs, another blogger, right?
But don’t be too quick to close your browser. Let’s get to know each other first.
I’m Terri S. Vanech, a Connecticut wife and mother trying to keep my sense of humor while navigating life’s crazy twists and turns.
A refugee from the newsroom, I’m crafting a second career as a communications specialist and teaching Jazzercise in my spare time.
I’m also an adoptee searching for my birth mother, a lifelong band geek who recently returned to playing the clarinet and a little nutty middle-aged woman who is probably a lot like you or someone you know.
Pushing on a Rope was one of my late father-in-law’s expressions, and a phrase I come back to time and again lately. In just about every area of my life, I seem to be Pushing a Rope.
You, too? Let’s share the wealth, then.
This blog is my effort to offer support in life’s journey. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in recent years, it’s that we’re all in this together. So using my love for the written word, I hope to make you laugh (maybe cry) and give you something to think about a few times a week.
I hope you’ll communicate with me, that we’ll get to know each other and learn from each other.
Recurring characters on these pages may include my husband, Basil; and our delightful 16-year-old daughter, Catherine; as well as assorted family and friends.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


12 thoughts on “Why I’m Pushing on a Rope

  1. Terri; I read it all! Best of luck with your endeavor!
    Only thing I can offer otherwise is the wisdom of my grandfather who was taken from me in 1977:
    “When you wake up in the morning, and your looking at the flowers & not the roots, it’s probably gonna be a good day”….

    Posted by Raymond | August 12, 2011, 1:33 am
  2. Thank you everyone; I’m overwhelmed by the kind remarks and promise that if there are laughs to be had, they’ll be at my expense, not as a result of calling anyone out! (Trust me, I’ve got a LOT of material close at hand!)

    Posted by terrisv15 | August 11, 2011, 8:47 pm
  3. We’ll have to be careful what we say now — we’re all blog fodder!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | August 11, 2011, 2:57 pm
  4. Hi, You go girl…the world always needs another writer!

    Posted by Lorraine Dusky | August 11, 2011, 2:47 pm
  5. Cannot wait to read your “blog”. I hope to, sometimes, make a contribution.

    Posted by Lena Connor | August 11, 2011, 1:49 pm
  6. Looking forward to reading them.

    Posted by Arlene Hallett | August 11, 2011, 1:32 pm
  7. I am in! Looking forward to it!

    Posted by Erin Walsh | August 11, 2011, 12:57 pm
  8. Good for you, Terri. (You, too, Basil. And don’t forget to pick up your dirty socks and underwear or Terri will let everyone know.) I’ll be reading! Cheers, Jerry

    Posted by Jerry Zezima | August 11, 2011, 11:38 am
  9. Loved it!

    Posted by Abbie | August 11, 2011, 4:37 am
  10. Good luck, Terri 🙂 I look forward to your blogs. Mike

    Posted by Mike Buckley | August 11, 2011, 3:31 am
  11. No husbands were compromised in the production of this matter. Yet.

    Posted by Basil N Vanech | August 11, 2011, 12:11 am
  12. Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2011, 8:54 pm

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