I love my Christmas socks

An apology to my family: I know I am a pain to buy gifts for. Sorry about that. But, I can say that it is probably my Mom's fault. ...more

So where does that childish greed for presents come from?

Christmas is going to be a lot of fun this year, I can tell.When you ask Clay what he wants for Christmas, he'll say "a tree."He's been excited about getting a Christmas tree since he saw one decorated with toy trains, cars, etc. in a store back  in...August, maybe?When his momma explained that there might be toys under the tree at Christmas-time, his eyes got even bigger....more

Materialistic Mommies: It's Just Because We Love Them... Right?

I’ve always been a fairly frugal person. I am a sucker for a good deal and avoid paying full price if at all possible. I attribute this to growing up with cheapskates teachers as parents. We weren’t impoverished by any means, but we were certainly eating a lot of ground beef and toast and wearing plenty of hand-me-downs. We were fully aware that new clothes were a twice a year splurge: back-to-school and Christmas....more

Warning Against Materialism - Encouraging Dreams

Warning Against Materialism - Encouraging Dreams ...more

Materialism & Marketing: And How It's Killing Us

“That feeling of freedom, open highways of possibilities, has kind of been lost to materialism and marketing.” - Sheryl Crow...more
Well said.  I want to add: be mindful of the advertising machine.  I used to say, stay away from ...more

Materialistic Robot Women! (What's a real woman to do?)

 Not long ago I found myself on a warm spring day, seated in a piazza in the historical centre of Salerno watching the passers-by. Shortly thereafter, I noticed all seemed to be predominately female - and very much alike, as if originating from some mysterious invisible assembly-line somewhere outside of my peripheral vision....more

Back to School

It's 90 degrees today and it is the first day back to school for the students in my area. I'm not going back after 18 years of teaching. This is the year that my school had to discontinue the kindergarten program due to decreased enrollment. That happened because of the economy. Time for change. I've been racking my brain to come up with a plan. Go back to school? Well, I have a master's degree and a brand-new 5 year professional license. No reason to work on a new degree or licensure right away. I have time....more

In a Scary World, Letting My Tween Be Selfish Just a Little Bit Longer

(Ed. Note: This is a response to the anonymous piece from The Afghan Women's Writing Project "I Am for Sale, Who Will Buy Me?" on BlogHer.)My older daughter Iz has fully embraced the tween battle cry "it's not FAIR!!"...more

Mir,

I suspect it comes down to your son being conversational (and here I'm assuming ...more