A year ago, a family I grew up with lost their mom suddenly. They were shocked and grief stricken, as the kids all gathered around their father to try and make sense of all that has happened....more

The Concept of Family: When your Family SUCKS

My brother died last year around this time, May something or other. I wasn't even sure he was really dead. I got a muffled cell phone call from my mom around 5 am mumbling frantically that Tim may have died and then click.  It seemed likely he was dead considering the times he probably should have died.  Once he was so drunk he wrecked his motorcycle and his bottle of vodka rolled out of his back pack. No one saw it happen so he gathered up his back pack, his vodka and went on his way. I got up,  took a shower, came to work and met up with my friend in the parking lot....more
I found your blog because I was Googling ideas for making my will because I have no family that ...more


As I age, I am losing the older generation of family members at an ever increasing pace.  Growing up, I was taught that this generation had it all together, almost to the point of infallibility.  I was taught to respect my elders, to not question, and to obey without a second thought....more

12 Tips for Talking to Children About Death

American children have likely been asking some pretty tough questions lately - between the horrifying headlines and daily family life, there is most certainly the very real concept of death. Depending on the age of your child, you might have some questions yourself: How much do I say? How much do I share? Dr....more
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You think I'm sweet, but really I'm a serial murderer

We don't pick our victims haphazardly.  Much research and observation goes into choosing the next casualty.  How does the subject move around?  Are they skittish, scared, and excitable, or confident, relaxed, and comfortable in a group?  What do they like to eat?  And what is their price? ...more
giggle. My BFF killed a lot of fish in her day. She did managed to keep one alive through most ...more

Forgotten Cemeteries, Abandoned Blog Posts

C and I have been going on a lot of walks lately. She gets into this strange baby hypnosis mode when we’re out exploring and sometimes for fun I wave my palm in front of her face to determine how zonked she is. She swats it away and is like, “LADY, I was in a reverie. Way to go breaking it.”...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com  @SunbonSmart  Well Robin, I just learned something new...I didn't know that ...more

Give Me My Flowers While I'm Living

Give Me My Flowers While I’m Living (click here to listen)In this world today while we’re livingSome folks say the worst of us they can...more

Fearing Death and the Media

My week has been marred, not only by the repossession of my car - which is another story in itself, but also with the passing of a beloved film critic, Roger Ebert.  Like many who grew up during the 80s and 90s, I was a regular stalker of Siskel and Ebert's film reviews - not only to sound a little smarter when hanging out with my pop culture-soaked theatre friends, but also because their reviews truly sunk in....more

A Daughter's Nightmare

On August 25 I received the worst phone call of my life. My 21 year old brother called me in a panic to tell me that he, along with my parents, were in a horrible car accident on their way home from a week long fishing trip. My brother and mother both sustained mild to moderate injuries. However, my father died on impact. It is strange to say this but knowing that makes me fell relieved....more

The Box

      I decided it was time to reveal another side of Meno Mama, one that I've never shared here before. You know me for my humor and subtle sarcasm.  But there is so much more. As hesitant as I was about posting this story, a good friend advised me to "write without fear, live without fear."  And for that reason, I'm sharing this today.     No worries, Folks. I promise to bring back all the funny that you know and love next week!...more