What Can You Tell Your College Freshman Daughter? Here's the Song That Holds All the Answers

She’s officially launched. The girl who writes, laughs, reads, feels deeply and longs for adventure. The girl who has never been away from home for more than three weeks, yet chose a large urban college far, far away from her suburban roots. The bright and talented girl who can drive me to distraction and then be forgiven in a single heartbeat....more

If You Must Label Me: I'm an Empty Nester of a Certain Age

I'm still in Boston -- which is incredibly beautiful after Hurricane Irene blew through. I just got my daughter situated at college for her freshman year and I have added a new blogging category -- empty nester.  Tomorrow, I'll be heading back to Los Angeles and a whole new chapter of my life, which is both exciting and overwhelming....more

Empty Nest Syndrome -- Joie de Vivre Is Bittersweet

 We just finished an unexpected visit with College Girl, an acronym she prefers to The Middle Child. Since she has headed off to the university, the four of us remaining have settled down to a quiet, smooth-running routine, something that was shot to pieces within the first hour of her dumping the dirty clothes bag two feet from the front door....more

Upper Classman

Brittany’s back in school and since she’s got five 8:00 a.m. classes the 7:30 a.m. calls have started again! On the first day of school she called me as she got on the campus shuttle bus and we talked until she got to her classroom door. As she was getting off the shuttle I heard her say to someone else, “Yes, that’s the library” – and then back to me – “Freshmen…they’re so precious! There’s a HUGE sign right out front that says “Library”. At the end of that day I got another call from her: “Mom, I need you to say a prayer!”...more

Setting them free... easier said than done.

Forever 17...more
Its so hard, but I gotta keep my game face on. It seriously creeps up on you. @victorias_viewmore

What are those kids doing back in my EMPTY NEST?"

 If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it’s probably an adult kid needing cash. This year my kids came back for a stopover. Some friends said I was asking for trouble by weakening my perimeters, but I was thinking of my retirement. When I get old, they’ll have to reciprocate and let me come stay with them. You may think it’s emotional blackmail; I think it’s financial planning. With the current economy, I’m on the Freedom 55 plan: I will retire when my kids are 55....more

wierd pics I mean just other peeeps pics when I update to FB.
Thanks for your help. YOU ARE on ...more

Brittany Meets Some Colorful Characters

Brittany Meets Some Colorful Characters  Brittany sent her dad a picture from her phone of a bouquet of flowers a young man had sent her. She said his name is Sexy Steve. John immediately texted her back that under no circumstances is she allowed to date anyone whose first name is Sexy! And he meant it. ...more

Menopausal and My “Empty Nest” Is Made Full Again!

My “heart’s nest,” which was pretty-near empty for a couple years now, is recently made full again. One-by-one my little chicks had flown the coop, and my heart was rent in two. I was saddened into deep depression. Now, due to unexpected circumstances, some have come home again (with the addition of grandchildren, too). And just as my hubby and I were beginning to get used to our new found freedom—seeing our maturing life through new spectacles—well, here they are!...more

What Sucks About Blogging

I enjoy my blog.  I enjoy sharing lessons I've learned and tips I utilize.  I enjoy sharing book reviews and recipes.  That being said, there is a side to blogging that absolutely sucks!!  I'm talking about the self-promotion required when you have a blog....more

Sadness in the Empty Nest

While having an empty nest opens up a new world of opportunities and adventures, it does come with a side of sadness.  This past weekend, Clarence Clemons "The Big Man" passed away.  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have always been in my Top 5 as far as favorite artists go and this just broke my heart. ...more