having a seat at the table

I was recently invited...more

the grasshopper and the golden rule

After spending a small part of our Saturday at the library, W and I decided to make a quick stop to the WaWa on our way home. When we returned to our car I glanced over at the white mini van parked next to us. The windows were casually rolled down most of the way […] ...more

Having Access Shouldn’t Be So Difficult

One of the biggest decisions I ever made in my life was...more

then I got a haircut

I’m in the, “I don’t think this was a good idea” place right now. It looked fine, good even, leaving the haircut place at the mall. But after a wash it is doing what I was most afraid of: triangle hair ....more

How To Update Your Facebook Profile Picture Without Notifying Anyone

It’s a small thing, it’s a silly thing, it’s a ridiculous thing to be irked by: but without fail I get flustered when I change my profile photo and then a flurry of notifications happen. Don’t get me wrong, it is incredibly nice for people to take a moment and comment on a photo and […] ...more

portrait of a woman in need of a haircut

The last time I had a haircut was during the filming of The Fault in Our Stars. I know this because I donated the 11 inches of my chopped off hair to #HairforHazel. I couldn’t remember exactly what the date of the haircut was so I did a search for the movie within my blog […] ...more

your children and the collision of other people’s manners

Recently I read a blurb from Liv Tyler where she spoke about one of the best lessons her grandmother (who happens to be one of the leading experts on modern manners) ever taught her. She said her grandmother didn’t like the reply, “no problem” in response to a thank you. She suggests saying, “my pleasure” […] ...more

hummingbird fly by

As I put the car in park in front of the house this morning I happened to glance up and spot a bird who was hovering just over my neighbor’s shrubs. I was completely surprised, shocked to be honest, I haven’t seen a bird like this in years: not since my family has lived in […] ...more

unclaimed dates

Our calendars are always filled with reminders about certain dates, but at some point we no longer need to write the reminder down. Then our minds become a clutter with unclaimed dates as you land on a specific day and vaguely remember it once had significance, but aren’t exactly sure why. “I know I needed […] ...more

screen time and our kids

This week I wrote about screen time over on Babble. In the conversations I’ve had with people after the post went live I am finding people still think “TV” when they hear “screen” and this may be why so many parents feel they should put limits on technology. I monitor TV screen time ....more