Aren't We All Stage Mothers?

He stood on stage, happily singing and moving his arms in "perfect" coordination with the words of the songs. He was obviously having fun, as was I, and I sat there several feet away from the stage, feeling proud and joyful. I stared at my second-grader the whole night. As far as my eyes were concerned, there was only one spotlight and it was all on him. Remember those advertisements or movie scenes where the parent looks at their grown child but actually sees the younger or "baby" version of that child instead? I had that experience. ...more
Yes. We are all stage moms. Period. End of story. Oh wait...and proud of it.more

We Gave Tamiflu A Shot, And Here's What Happened...

I knew it was only a matter of time.  On Monday, Noah's teacher announced that there's something going around. 70 kids out sick at his school.  The next day, my hairstylist informs me while snipping away at my hair, that at her daughter's school, less than 10 miles away from us, 98 students were out sick. Statistically speaking, I knew the odds were against us....more

5 (Non-Lame) Reasons Why I Can't Workout at the Gym

Now that Thanksgiving is done, my ambivalence over this week has arrived, settled in, blew up its airbed and completely made itself feel at home.Though I love how this week marks the beginning of Christmas preparations, this is also the week when all the remorse and self-loathing from allowing myself to overeat last week during Thanksgiving set in....more

Too Much is Never Enough in Food Network Land

Original Image by: Beverley Goodwin ...more

Lessons From My Two Imperfect Weddings

This week I celebrated my wedding anniversary. My 'other' wedding anniversary for the year, is what I call it. You see, I married the same person twice; one was a civil ceremony, while the other, a church (Catholic) ceremony.And neither one was perfect....more

Marry Someone You Can Dance With

My parents-in-law recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and all their six children decided to throw them a big party to mark this major milestone. Five decades of marriage. ...more
Lisa Thomson Thanks Lisa! I'm glad you liked them. My FIL really did his best and I'm so proud ...more

Of Fruit Flies and a "Writer's" Self-Doubt

Yessssssssssssssss!! YESSSSSSS! I screamed and hoped none of the neighbors heard me in my ecstatic state.In as much as I'd like to keep you thinking that there is shock value to this post, let me stop you right here and sanitize whatever's going through your mind....more

Favors Working Moms Should Never Ask For From Their SAHM Friends

I'm so over mommy wars. I feel like it's been debated on to death, with every argument deconstructed and shredded to pieces....more

Grief From 8,000 Miles Away

It was past 9:30 at night when my cellphone rang. No one ever really calls me that late, unless...Unless. I looked at the caller I.D. and saw that it's an overseas call. It's my brother.  "Hello? Bro?" It took a while before I heard him speak, and when I did, I could hear his voice quivering, sounding lost and resigned.  "Mommy Rita's gone", he said in Filipino. I felt confused....more

Why Dying At 75 Is Worth Considering

By now most of you have probably read Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s highly riveting and thought-provoking article in The Atlantic on why he hopes to die at 75. Based on some reactions I’ve read, I know that the ideas he put forward are contentious and made a lot of people uncomfortable and even enraged. However, I admit that this essay earned a huge nod from me....more
I think she will change her mind as she hears her target age.more