To Those Who Abandon Their Own Storefronts

My 7th Grade English Teacher : If you want to understand something, teach it. If you want to know something, write about it. They asked me to write a column; a series of articles to show how storytelling could help companies explain their products and services to customers ....more

Creating a Family Photo Wall: The Point of All That Clutter

The family photo wall at the lake is much more casual than the one at home. The one at home includes nails and picture frames and matting. The family photo wall at the lake uses twine, thumbtacks to string the line across the windows, and mini clothespins to hold the photos ....more

The Day We Carted The Albums Away to Make Room For You

Those vinyl albums I had… the ones I dutifully gave to Goodwill, when we lived at Arden… they took up so much space, and we needed those crates to store the Playmobil toys for the babies that were coming… It’s all digitized now… on CDs… they’re so compact and take up no room at all. ...more

And, He’s Off…

I have never worried about the way he drives, until I rode with him as a passenger. “You know, it’s not mandatory that you pass cars every time there is a dotted line…” That’s all I said… because, at this point, just being with him, observing him, is more delightful than telling him what to do all the time. I’ve done enough of that over the years ....more

What Brothers Are For

The literature teacher asked him to write a short little bio; something to show her who he is as a reader; who he is in the family. ...more

The Fun Mom Plays I Spy

I was waiting at the high school for him, and he was running late. With four boys all starting school tomorrow, my time is limited. I am in short supply and I am in high demand ....more

A Fire On A Friday Afternoon

The last Friday before school stars, and we spent it making a fire in the wind so that we could make pudgy pies. ...more

Kickball: I Am Not Chosen For My Athletic Qualities, But I’m Chosen

Remember those sprints I was running last spring? Well, let me just say, it’s a good thing I did. Because, playing kickball with your teenage sons — that’s a run for your money ....more

The Light We See is Shifting

Have you noticed it? It is not as subtle as you would imagine. But the sun, even when it is shining its very brightest, and doing its hardest work, is not bright ....more

Keeping The Home Fires Burning

The kids left, and walked back home, leaving us alone with the “grown-ups” to catch up on everything. When we walked back home, we could see that kitchen table light glowing from outside, and we could hear the Ukuele, a guitar, a couple of boys singing off-key and the sound of cards being shuffled. Once inside, I saw that the kitchen was no longer clean, and was a dishelved mess with a single dirty pan on the back burner of the stove ....more