Strangers in my V-Jay-Jay

It never fails to amaze me the number of innocent looking strangers and not-so-strangers that insist on getting all up in my v-jay-jay business....more

Bring Cash, Tell No One, and Dude -- Be Cool

Darcy Perdu of www.sothenstories.comSo then…he whispers into the phone, “I’ll bring the package to you, but you must bring cash.”“OK, OK,” I say quickly, “but dude, why are you whispering?”Pause.  “I don’t want my boss to hear me.”“Oh, right, right,” I agree.  “Definitely don’t tell your boss.”...more

Talking to strangers

In the evenings lately, I’ve taken to practicing guitar on the front stoop of my apartment. It’s a nice change from the inside of my place, where I typically play....more

Like Mom Said, “Don’t Open the Door for Strangers”

Someone successfully posing as a health inspector, police officer or even a Secret Service agent happens every single day. Posing as a water inspector, I once gained access to people’s homes by saying I needed to “check the colorization of their water,” as I demonstrated on The Montel Williams Show here. A fake badge and a uniform of any kind can do wonders....more

A Matter of Manners

We all want our kids to be nice and pleasant when out in public.  We teach them manners, we help them learn the difference between an "inside voice" and an "outside voice", and we work with them on conversational words and phrases.But what happens when they cross the line between appropriate and inappropriate interaction with strangers in public?...more


What do you do about strangers? My kids have reached the stage where they think it's hilarious to run away from me in large open spaces, like the beach, for instance, and aside from this being incredibly annoying and irritating, it's also dangerous. If one is going one way and the other another way, they could get lost. Someone could pick them up. ...more


Lest I ever get an inflated sense of my importance, my babies are always ready to show me how easily their love and favor is dispensed. Got a piece of candy or a friendly smile? You're in. ...more

The Strangest things...

I tend to be fairly standoffish when I travel. I don't know why, mostly it is probably just the BC ferries. I hate them. They are always freezing, and they are a total ripoff. I am bitter. Obviously. But sometimes, when the moon is just right or something, people try and befriend me. Not sure why. Maybe I am just having a cute day or something. Maybe the hormones are sending out some strange be my friend vibes. I don't know. ...more

The List: Countering Tragedy with Information

Birthday WishesFor our family, this week was a week of celebrating Darling 1's 5th Birthday; having fun with family in Texas and cross-c...more