David Bowie: Where Are We Now?

The first thing I did this morning when I read that David Bowie had died of cancer at age 69 was send a condolence text – not to his widow Iman, but to my best friend Maria....more
hazel.wobbenot@gmail.com thank you so much, Hazel.more

Premature Obsolescence

A weird thing happened during the summer between having 6th/9th graders and having 7th/10th graders. I became prematurely obsolete....more

The Pumpkin Industrial Complex

What Does a Mom Wear to a One Direction Concert?

Tomorrow evening I’m taking my 14-year-old daughter to see One Direction, the British/Irish boy band sensation that’s sweeping the nation, and I thought I’d take a minute to share my outfit selection criteria for the other moms who are generous or insane enough to do this for their children. Now, normally when I see a show, I wear what I consider the mullet of concert attire: business on the bottom, party on the top....more
Here’s to the moment when the magic mirror favors our daughters. I find comfort in the quote, ...more

Life Like a Corporate Retreat

I am imagining with you! I think I see smoke too!more

The Benefits of Moving On

As this season winds down and sees us saying goodbye to an elementary school that has nurtured our kids since they were age five, nostalgia is whipping unchecked through the hallways. The 5th grade graduation rehearsal, I’m told, is interrupted by sniffles from both boys and girls as they prepare whichever heart-wrenching song is going to lay the parents low in a few weeks. Every “last” is commented upon: the last fieldtrip, the last project in computer lab, the last Pajacky Hair Day (that’s Pajama Day and Wacky Hair Day, combined due to Oakland budget cuts.)...more

Stronger? That's a Nice Thought.

I don’t know how it is where you live, but the Kelly Clarkson song “Stronger” is on continuous airplay in the Bay Area radio market, broken up only by “Someone I Used to Know” by Gotye – two perfectly serviceable songs ruined by ubiquity.The Clarkson song bothers me more right now simply because I believe that “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” isn’t technically always true. I believe that sometimes, what doesn’t kill you makes you debilitated and vulnerable to the next blow, and to pretend that we always rise like the phoenix is just a shade too Hallmarkian....more

Things My Family is Spared From Knowing

My husband and I have a running joke. At least I think it’s a joke. Every night after he takes Achilles outside one last time, he says, “I took the dog out for you,” as though the dog’s nightly eliminations somehow belong in my category and he’s doing me a big favor. My responses range from, “I bore your children for you,” to “I made the coffee for you,” (even though I’m the one who drinks it) to dead silence and a head tilt, which never ends well....more

School of Thought

The decisions are made. The die is cast. After six months of researching school options for our kids, both of whom enter new schools next year, we’ve made our final choices. No going back. Go Toros! Go Bulldogs!You can tell I’m nervous, right?...more