Of Wands and Witchlings.. #NaBloPoMo

A wand..my friend had a wand. I was a witch, and she had a wand. True, it was part of a fairy princess Halloween costume, but seriously. A wand is a wand. Atop her magickal blue wand sat a shining gold star. And did I mention she had lovely blonde hair and looked every bit the fairy princess when she wore the costume to school? My costume was handmade. My father was a teacher, her father a dentist, as my mother would remind....more

Got Me Feeling Some Kinda Way...

Childbirth is ironic, isn't it? A mother carries life for 9-months, the effects on her body are astounding, the pain of delivery is excruciating. Yet, when a mother loses her child, the pain felt during birth is eclipsed by the unfathomable pain of her child's life being taken away.February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed.  He was a 17-year-old African-American boy who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.  My first born son had just turned 6-months old....more

Looking forward to meeting other mothers of sons at Blogher '15

I'm thrilled to be part of BlogHer '15. I can't wait to share my journey of teaching adult sons to cook with other moms. Hollace Friedman...more

Being From Nowhere

 When I was a little girl my mother showed me a map. She was trying to show me where we lived, but after she looked for a very long time, she couldn’t find anything, not even a little dot that marked our town.She finally gave up and said, “Well, I guess we’re from nowhere.”I never forgot that sentence....more
Totally agree on the "be grateful"... When I was asked what I wanted to be, I would say whatever ...more

To My Future Children: May You Never LIVE to be LIKED

If there's one thing I want my future children to learn from me, it's to never live their life so others will like them. Growing up I always took pride in the fact that I didn't care what others thought of me, even though I often felt lonely. I was always the girl who went against the stream, the one who wasn't afraid to stand up for what she believed in, the girl who wasn't afraid to be just a bit different. In regards to personal matters, I stayed this girl. But my early 20's proved to be a time where I made most of my choices with what others would think in the back of my mind. ...more

It Takes a Village

Nothing gets the Internet in an uproar quite like an article about stay-at-home moms or working moms.In the past week, I've come across three different articles about stay-at-home mothers. I know better than to click on these, but I couldn't help it. I fell right for the "click-bait" (which I'm learning is a real word). In all three, I felt compelled to read to the end (and skim the comments, which I also know better not to do). Maybe it's because I'm teetering on the edge of working outside the home or maybe I'm just exactly the kind of sucker the Internet gods love to torture....more

A Salute to Mothers - Old School Rules

I’mJusSaying… A Salute to Mothers – Old School Rules…Those of us who are mothers know a mother’s job is never done when it comes to raising our children.Even more so in the world that we live in today, where danger and negative influences seems to hang around every corner or social media posting, robbing many of our children of their innocence, freedom, and in many instances their lives....more

Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop

Mother’s Day Giveaway HopThere’s some awesome prizes here!You have about 30 giveaways to pick from, up to $200!Welcome to the 2015 Mother’s Day Giveaway Hop! We have 30 amazing bloggers who have come together to bring you the opportunity to win 40+ awesome prizes ranging from $20 – $200! ...more

Are Mothers Selfish?

Buds on the trees, and I see the woodpecker who visits every year in our apple tree.  Sesame, our cat, is chirping at the window watching the birds.  Spring is here and Mother’s Day is around the corner....more