Washing Gertie's Dishes

Thursday was auction day, and as usual I returned home with a load of stuff for my booths. As I was unpacking one box I came upon a pile of family photos. These weren't old-time pictures; they were mostly from the 70's through the late 90's, with a couple from the 50's in the mix. They weren't professionally done and there was not much in them to keep the attention of anyone except the family captured on film. Apparently the family didn't think these important enough to keep, or perhaps they had duplicates and didn't need these extra ones. ...more

Still Married after 23 years

My twenty third wedding anniversary is looming this month. What amazes me is  how my husband and I have lasted this long without killing each other! I am only joking, but it is true, how we got here to this point is is no small undertaking. There have been many ups and downs, plenty of tears and a whole lot of heartache along the way but we have made it inspite of everything....more

Losing Sense of Time in the Written Word

My friend, Carolyn, reminded me this weekend that she had missed reading my blogs.  I guess I hadn’t thought about it much because I have been knee deep in the process of moving and working on my book. Somehow, I had let time slip away.  From my perception, I had written only yesterday. ...more

Demi Moore and Her Daughters: When Mom and Kids Split

In light of the new drama surrounding Demi Moore and her children, I am reminded of the times when parent-children relationships go awry. Parents, moms in particular, are stereotypically the ones who hold the household together. A mother is the one who puts salve on her child’s wounds. She has the right words to soothe her child’s heartache. That is, in most cases....more

AKA - An American Bistro

Robert Simon(Owner)&Jo ...more

Yes, I prank my own kids

Today’s BlogHer NaBloPoMo Prompt: Talk about the best prank you ever pulledThis is going to sound bad, but some of the best pranks we pulled were on our own kids. Now these pranks usually came after they had tried to pull some kind of gross or scary prank first. Of course this wasn't always the case. Let me tell you, either way, they deserved every prank played on them for 4 reasons:...more

A Sigh of Relief for Healthcare

For years now health has been political. I don't want political healthcare. I just care about health for my family. There are three reasons why this healthcare reform bill was important for my little worldI am a woman ...more

An Unmade Bed Leads To Larger Issues In This Marriage

For some reason, this remains one of my most popular columns, months after it was originally posted. I hope you all enjoy it, too! --T.K. Dear Tazi-Kat: ...more

Getting Rid of the Crazy Lady

I've been lost for a long time. So lost I don't even know where I'm going anymore. I do know I want outta here!!! Out of poverty and dispare. Out of the constent pain. I just can't take it anymore! My life is full- a husband, 5 kids, my mom and brother. But something is missing. I know it can't just be money, although money plays a big part. It's hard telling my kids no all the time. And thats all I've been able to say for the past 18 yrs. 18 yrs on food stamps. Can you imagine? I HATE IT!!! Everything about it! I hate not working-I hate the way I look-I hate where I live....more

Crazy Friends and Lessons on Living AFTER Being a Parent

"I told my kids the Zombie Apocalypse has started in Miami and we are awaiting confirmation from the government. This is what I have been preparing my kids for at the shooting range."I received this text message from my girlfriend I call "Crazy Sarah" yesterday.I call her that for reasons that are already obvious to you....more