Just the Two of Us: Empty Nest Holidays

Adjusting to my empty nest is sometimes an emotional roller coaster, especially during the holidays when my adult children won't be making an appearance - whether by circumstance or choice. No matter how brave a front I try to put up, my heart aches for their company. So I've decided to take a deep breath, buck up. ...more

Thoughts of a Marginal Woman

From 40 to 50 at the Speed of Life: Ten Lessons I Learned in Midlife

Listen long enough to any group of women who have celebrated their milestone 40th birthday and among all the commiseration over dull complexion, new wrinkles, gray hair, thickening waists, fatigue, insomnia and just plain feeling like our bodies have betrayed us, you will hear the big four-O question, “What have you learned that’s made your life better after forty?”...more

Want To Put a Scare Into Your Husband This Halloween?

Okay, I admit it. I have a bit of a twisted sense of humor - at times even macabre. Halloween is the one time  of the year that I can let it shine without my moral character being (seriously) questioned.I also like to keep my hubs thinking - never want husbands or significant others to get too complacent. So this year I've come up with a brilliantly simple plan to turn our living room into a house of psychological horror - with a movie marathon....more

Ten Clues That You Might Be a Do-Over Grandma

Maybe you were in that first mass exodus of mother's hurrying to working and missed the moments and milestones of raising the kids you dropped off at daycare. Maybe you were a stay-at-home-mom and enjoyed it so much you want to do it all again (or you were a miserable failure and want a second shot at getting it right).Or maybe you were one of those over-involved (s)mothers that gave Helicopter Parents and Tiger Mom’s their name.Whether valuable resource or unwelcome interloper, Do-Over Grandmas seem to be here to stay. Here are the top ten clues that you might be one of them....more

Making Peace with the Harbinger of Winter

If you love summer as much as I do it’s hard to think of fall without the overwhelming desire to slay the messenger, knowing that long months of cold winds and unrelenting snowfall are not far behind—at least where I live. And yet, I'm filled with a bittersweet swell of adoration for autumn’s evocative splendor....more
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Fast Family Meals in Twenty Minutes

It’s that time of year again. The kid’s have gone back to school, calendars are beginning to look like mosaics with appointments, events and deadlines jotted in color coded notations, and the pressure is on for working families trying to fit it all in....more

What Did You Expect When You Were Expecting?

As a grandmother going on seventeen years, I am both puzzled and saddened by the extent to which many (not all) young parents are expressing their discontent with parenthood across the social platform.You paper the walls of your Facebook pages with daily whines, “Being a parent sucks so bad.” You rally readers to your mommy blogs with witty quips of your plight by calling your children monsters, demons, a-holes, douche nuggets and worse (as unimaginable as it is that there could be worse)....more

If I'm Okay and You're Okay, Is It Still Okay To Want to Better Myself?

At the halfway mark in my fifth decade of life, I have grown weary of the endless conversation with myself concerning my weight. I flip-flop between scolding myself over my lack of initiative, motivation and action to do something about it, and making patronizing, coddling excuses for just accepting the inevitable, continuing weight gain; a gain that is averaging about ten additional pounds each decade since becoming an adult....more

As a Standard Bearer Palin Sets the Bar Low

Just when I thought former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin could no longer cause me to drop my jaw in disbelief, again she astounds me with her most unbelievable gaff yet.In a note posted on her Facebook page accusing President Obama of lies and a cover-up regarding the attack on the consulate in Bhengazi, she wrote “President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”...more