Life at the HOUSE of JOES - or - When it Comes to In-laws, Sometimes Divorce is the Only Way Out - 5

For the first few years we were together, I regarded my ex-husband’s family as nothing more than strange, uptight and slightly irritating. And that opinion was only formed after a long time of trying to establish some sort of connection with them - and multiple attempts at forging a lasting relationship. I continued to fail miserably on both counts. What they never seemed to get – and ultimately never would – was how much Joey and I loved each other....more

Life at the HOUSE of JOES - or - When it Comes to In-laws, Sometimes Divorce is the Only Way Out - 4

As soon as Joey graduated from college, we began to solidify our plan to go to Italy and stay with my cousin in Florence. We started cataloguing our art pieces and packing them for shipment. My grandmother was Italian and had never really learned English, so I was fairly fluent in the language, and thus charged with executing the technical aspects of the trip....more

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Life at the HOUSE of JOES - or - When it Comes to In-laws, Sometimes Divorce is the Only Way Out - 1

When I was in my 20s and 30s I was married to a man ... or rather a boy … for almost 15 years. During that time we faced illness, financial issues, death, relationship ups and downs, separation, and betrayal. But nothing compared to the challenge of dealing with his family of origin. At the time of our divorce, I did not understand exactly how our relationship had come undone. I did know that it was extremely painful....more

Hi Hollye -

Thank you so much for your comment. I totally understand what you are saying. ...more

Small tangent

  Do you remember The Bus Saga? It was better, and then it got worse....more

Toddler Tricks - 27

Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem: Your baby wants something, and the answer is no.  Anyone who has ever lived with toddlers knows that this is the problem to end all problems.Solution: Never just say no, as much as you really want to. Read More:...more

Separation Anxiety

I had to go to the doctor this morning.  A regular check up....more

It's a Small Step In The Right Direction . . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 It's a Small Step In The Right Direction . ....more

Life with my mom

Staring at a blank piece of paper (ahem,blank page on the computer screen in this case) can be somewhat intimidating, especially if one is just committed to writing a little every day. Generally, I am not interested in doing a whole lot of research; I tend to want to write about what I know or perhaps better said, what I think I know. It could be about a book I've read, or something I saw on TV or an incident in my day that caused me to pause....more
My husband and I are embarking on the opposite end to a similar journey. Within a month, we will ...more

STOP! We're Doing It Wrong.

From this point forward, you all need to start calling your children "garbage" when they disappoint you.  You need to call them "fatty" if you feel they are overweight.  Make them practice an instrument for three hours a day, and if they can't get the music right - at age 7 - take away their meals, throw away their toys, berate them and scream at them for hours until eventually they've no choice but to play the piece correctly.You'd think this was an exaggeration, but since it was written in an article by Amy Chua detailing her own homelife, I have to take it seriousl...more