Don Draper, My Father and Me

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest With the return of Mad Men this Sunday, April 5 for its final season, I thought it was appropriate to share this post I wrote last year on Purple Clover. When Sally Draper got out of the car on an episode of...more

There is No Real “Safe Space.” We All Need to Get Used to It.

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Years ago I developed an irrational fear of being in a movie theater and someone pulling out a gun and shooting people. This was long before it...more

The Astonishing Adults Our Children Become

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Note: This post was written almost 2 years ago, but somehow got lost in my files. Now that my son is almost 23, it rings more true than ever. Our children grow up and, no matter how well we think we’re prepared for it, they astonish us...more

Taking Chances – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest This post is sponsored by Fox Searchlight Pictures ...more

This Again? Yes, Being a Stay-at-Home Mom is a Job

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Once again, the question has been answered by yet another mom, so sure that she has the right answer to a question that has come up over and over again. Is being a stay-at-home mom a job? According to this young and irritating woman, being a stay-at-home mom is not a job ....more

Sailing Away on Her Last Spring Break

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest How can it be? How is it possible that my little girl is nearly done with college, and setting sail on a cruise through the Caribbean for her final spring break…ever? How can she be nearly twenty-two…wasn’t I just twenty-two a few minutes ago? ...more

If I’m Tired, It’s OK. Right? Right???

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest At lunch the other day with two of my oldest (not OLDEST) friends, one of them asked: “Are there ever days you don’t think you can get out of bed?” Well, yes. Yes there are. ...more

How to Watch the Oscars Like a Pro

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I love awards shows, and the Oscars are my favorite! I’m on Midlife Boulevard with a...more

Yes, These Sports Illustrated Models are Plus Size

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest The big news that Sports Illustrated is featuring a plus size model in its swimsuit edition has created a stir. Many people are complaining that, at size 12, Robyn Lawley is not really plus size. Even Ashley Graham, featured in the Swimsuits for All...more

What Will We Be Nostalgic for in 25 Years?

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I know I don’t need to remind anyone of the enormous differences between now and 1990, but just consider these things: video rental stores, pagers, Grammy winners Milli Vanilli, the debut of “The Simpsons.” Everyone was watching “Thirtysomething.” A young Julia Roberts captured our attention in her breakout film “Pretty Woman.” Continue reading my predictions...more