Hug your kids – and your memories of them – tight

Last weekend, I finished reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Two heroines during World War II risk their lives repeatedly in occupied France to save complete strangers – adults and children – from evil at the hands of the Nazis. Though fiction, the two main characters were based on real-life heroines who did whatever it … More Hug your kids – and your memories of them – tight

The gift of an unexpected friendship keeps giving

I’ve been thinking a lot about friends lately. My stepdad – the man who raised me since I was 5 years old – died on Thanksgiving Day. Since then I’ve received the most thoughtful sentiments via cards, emails, texts, and even the old-fashioned way – phone calls – from friends old and new. Some made … More The gift of an unexpected friendship keeps giving

The Mommy Melt-Down

Today, Margaret and I had a “Freaky Friday” moment. It started when I had a major meltdown. It was completely out of the blue – or at least it appeared that way. But it really wasn’t an isolated incident. It’s been building. It’s kind of like the guy at work who runs every morning and … More The Mommy Melt-Down

Approximately 3 minutes inside the head of my 12-year old

I recently stumbled upon a post by Jason Good called Day 215: Approximately 3 Minutes Inside The Head of My 2 Year Old.  It made me laugh remembering those terrible twos-days. So I got to thinking. Do we really understand what is in our kid’s heads just because they start to communicate through speech? I … More Approximately 3 minutes inside the head of my 12-year old

The Carbage Can

My parents own a Dodge Charger, and at first they didn’t want us to eat in it – after a while we started to sneak food in and it just became a habit. My mom has a pet peeve about eating in the Charger, and leaving our trash. Now, I can see this. You get … More The Carbage Can