Children's Music That Even Parents Will Love

This is a guest post by Niko Johnstone. Niko is a writer and recording engineer from Portland, Maine....more

Everyone Keep Your Pants On. Please.

A follow up to my Guess Who's Coming To Dinner post. ...more

A Beginners Rant.

I am starting to write a blog to blow off steam, or maybe to unleash all the crazy inside my head. Either way isn't it the same thing?Not really writing for anyone in particular. Just like an online diary.I write in drabbles like I'm reciting facts of definitions. It's easier to write. Ideas just run off the top of my head onto the screen. Beautiful....more

A Mother, Father and Child Reunion

I am a child of divorce. Of course since I was 4 when my parents divorced, I don’t remember much about their divorce or their marriage but I do remember bits and pieces of the aftermath. I remember the shuttling back and forth between homes – or rather states since my Dad lived in Texas...more
What an amazing story! I too have a "biological father" and a "step" father. Lots and lots of ...more

The Things You Find When You’re Not Paying Attention

I’ve spent a lot of time this week playing around with this site. You probably don’t know this, but this blog was started way back in 2003 when the youngest Hen was born.  You see, at that time, we were...more

Living Grief (and Love) During The Holidays

I took the helm of all the elaborate Christmas dinner planning and cooking in 2010, when my mother finally admitted she wasn't able to stand as long as all that festivity required. We opened a bottle of Dom Perignon to toast my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, which they'd celebrated just 9 days before. A landmark, a lifetime together. That was my brother's and my last Christmas with our parents. Sudden and cruel illnesses took them over and took them away in the six months that followed. And so last year my brothers and I faced our final Christmas at their home, before we packed everything our parents had lovingly collected over the years into an armada of boxes and sent them off to be auctioned away to strangers. ...more
Beautiful post, Stacy, and a beautiful tree, too. I think this is part of what Christmas ...more

Why Did You Tell Dad That I Got My Period?

My Lover and I were talking the other day about his twelve year old son having his first girlfriend. I’m not sure that I can remember what girlfriend and boyfriend meant in seventh grade. I do know that I went to my first co-ed party, played spin the bottle, and prayed that it would get too late in the evening to play seven minutes in the closet. I was quite shy in the romance department back then....more

Let's talk Christmas food!

My parents are coming from home for Christmas, and I love to cook for them!First night here – a big meal after a long day on the road - pork loin, homemade applesauce, potato pancakes, roasted root vegetables. Pizza!! We have an annual family cookie decorating party and we order pizza. Yum!...more
That is funny because I've never heard of that tradition. Sounds yummy! We always have WAY too ...more

I am not the adult you are looking for

The NaBloPoMoprompt of the day is: What is the moment that you leave childhood and enter adulthood?I have no idea....more

Just between us and our two thousand friends...

Facebook. We all have an account. Many of our kids have accounts. Truth be told, some of our pets have accounts. I may or may not follow a rusted metal chicken named Beyonce on Facebook. I stop at following a friend's sock monkey but that is simply because I have standards. Ahem....more