An Old Dog, Uncle Jesse's Papouli, and Cremation: Ruining a Child's Life In One Brief Conversation

Have I ever told you that I cried when I first watched the graduation episode of Saved By the Bell? I think I may have. But did you know I also cried when Uncle Jesse's Papouli died on Full House?...more

My Dishwasher Can Wait. Things Feel Wrong.

I had grand plans of sitting down tonight to write something witty or funny or sweet. If that didn’t work, I would resort to the stuff I usually write (ba-dum-bum-ching!). I have several blog drafts just waiting for a little of my attention, which has been mostly elsewhere this summer. But tonight seemed like the kind of night where I could bang something out. Something pretty good. Something that would at least bring a few smiles. And then today happened....more

Hey Smarty Pants...You're Not So Smart

Isn't it annoying when someone tries to unsuccessfully retell an extremely funny joke they heard? Well, get ready to be annoyed, because I'm about to do just that.So there was this comedian whose name I can't remember, who told this joke I can't exactly recall, that went something like this:...more

Homemade Ice Cream + Grandma = Love

There were three things I was taught to love fiercely growing up: God, family, and homemade ice cream. About everything else I could form my own opinion; but there was this unwritten, unsaid expectation that I would hold these three particular things in unconditional favor....more
Denise Aw, thanks for shout out to my grammy!more

What Do You Mean You're "Not a Target Person"?

Go on. Get yourself together. Pour yourself a drink in that tumbler from the dollar bin. Have some Market Pantry comfort food ready. Find a Nate Berkus throw pillow in case you need something to beat in disbelief. Maybe pop an Up & Up ibuprofen. It’s about to get raw and real in here....more
vinithadileep I have had a few friends who lived in the UK for a few years, and they also ...more

RIP, Ann B. Davis: What Alice on 'The Brady Bunch' Taught Me About Parenting

I swear I could faintly hear the collective "aw" of humanity as I checked my Facebook news feed and learned that Ann B. Davis, better known as Alice from The Brady Bunch, had died at 88. ...more
Wonderful words.  I will have to get the Brady Bunch box set when I have my first child! ;)more

Everything I Need To Know I Probably Didn't Learn In Third Grade

The other day, my nine-year-old daughter, Grace, sent an email to my husband and I, as well as to her grandparents. Since she is just nine, those are the ONLY people with whom she is allowed to have email contact. Still, she is so enamored with having her own account that we are often treated to her random thoughts for the sake of her being able to send a message. This was one of the most recent:...more

How Real Love Stories Go

It is four minutes to six. We are sitting at a blinking yellow stoplight, waiting to make a left turn to get Michael to his baseball practice. On par with the way things have been going in our jam-packed life, we are running late, coming off the heels of Grace's piano practice. I am watching the steady stream of oncoming traffic, feeling new muscles tense at the thought of running more and more behind as an opportunity to turn seems much more than just a minute or two away. If I could just get them there....more

Baby Changing Stations in the Men's Bathroom: Gender Stereotypes and the Sister-Brother Relationship

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that what little boys are made of. Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of.  ...more
Good for your son! You are obviously raising a confident child...that will serve him well. And ...more

The Firefly Effect: The Disappearance of Childhood

“Hey look! A firefly!”My kids scampered off into the duskly shrouded park to chase the lone intermittent yellow illumination, as my husband and I sat listening to the music of Cornet Chop Suey’s free concert....more