Writing, Health, Food, Family

10 Ways to Ruin Your Teens

10 Ways to Ruin Your Teens

10 Ways to Ruin Your Teens My daughter’s going into her senior year and my son’s a teen too and I’ve been thinking about my teen years and my husband’s, our parents’ parenting styles and our own. I’ve come up with this list on how to parent teens (or how not to), leaving off the […]

Parking Lots and Relationships

Parking Lots and Relationships

  After you’ve been with a person for what’s almost half of your life, you start believing that your partner is somehow an extension of you. That when you tell him to buy donut holes, he’ll automatically know you’re talking about that box of donut holes from Albertson’s you and he secretly shared a couple […]

5 Foods That Need to Go Away

5 Foods That Need to Go Away

I was going to call this post “Foods That We Used to Love But Now Hate” but that can just be an alternate title.     Kale At first, I was kind of on board with the kale. Kale chips were a change from eating roasted broccoli or steamed spinach, though kale chips never fooled […]

The De-Freak-O-Later

The De-Freak-O-Later

  Every year, I get my heart checked. This is because a rare genetic condition, noncompaction cardiomyopathy, runs in my family. My mother died from heart failure as a result of this when she was 61. Two of her sisters died from this. My brothers both have it. So obviously there’s a strong family component. […]

Cheap Dates

Cheap Dates

This article, 102 Things to Do on a Money-Free Weekend, inspired me to share our Date Jar. Our Date Jar doesn’t have everything in it like this list does. I guess I could also include Reorganizing The Garage on here, which might be relaxing to some, but since I’m dreadfully allergic to dust it’d be more like, […]

Author in PJs: Office Tour

Author in PJs: Office Tour

An author I know, Sharon Fisher, asked me to participate in Author in PJs. So I did. Here’s a tour of my office.

Doing Things at Which You Suck

Doing Things at Which You Suck

My youngest plays softball. Today she expressed some frustration with it– actually directed at herself. She’s not that good at it, she told me; it’s causing her anxiety. (yeah, she actually did use the word anxiety). I encouraged her to keep doing it. “You may not be the best one on your team, but that’s […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hello, little blog world! (waves). Wow, kittens. How long has it been? Obviously I’m not writing on here as much as I once did. Why? For one, I switched servers and this server has no phone app– from which I often began blog posts– and I have to get my blog redesigned to accommodate some […]

Everybody is Against Me

Everybody is Against Me

You guys, I am offended. Like deeply offended. Every time I go to my kids’ school for drop-off or pick-up, even if I don’t get out of the car, I see these women with jobs outside the home. They’re in their fancy clothes from the Banana Republic or Nordstrom or Old Navy and they’ve got […]

10 Things Having a Dog Has Taught Me

10 Things Having a Dog Has Taught Me

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”– Milan Kundera I never really considered myself a dog person. The dog we had when […]