A Note for My Daughter: Not Everyone Will Want To Be Your Friend

​​I remember the first time that someone decided that they no longer wanted to be my friend. That very first friend heartbreak is the worst. The agony of the rejection, the realization that I had no control, the acceptance that eventually came. All of these feelings coursed through my five-year-old brain....more

My Naive Self

Do you ever look back at your past self and have to laugh? I do. ...more

Scout's Honor

 I’ve mentioned previously that my parents signed me up for all sorts of activities when I was younger. One of these said activities was Girls Scouts....more

Dear Younger Self

Dear Younger Kristine,I’m here to tell you not to worry about a thing. That everything little thing will be alright.(Yes, just like the Bob Marley song.)I know it’s hard to hear, especially when those two neighborhood girls are walking past your window, making fun of you, screaming curse words at you for no reason. I know your confused. You are only in 6th grade. Try to ignore them. They are not your friends. They are bullies. You will never forget how they made you feel, and you will never be friends with them again....more

Letter To A Hypothetical Son

 I'd never publish a letter to my real son....more

Two and a Half Going on Sixteen

 You know that song “Sunrise, Sunset” from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”? Well, growing up, whenever my dad heard that song, he would start tearing up and getting all sorts of weepy. My sisters and I thought it was kind of funny, seeing a grown man cry whenever he heard a particular song....more

Women After 30 Have More Fun

They say 30 is the new 20. Or 40 is the new 30, one or the other.  ...more