A Month Without My Father

It’s been one month since my dad passed away.  He was one of my best friends—so much so that I wrote an entire memoir about him and gave it to him for Father’s Day one year before publishing it at his request.  His passing was both expected and surprising.  He had end stage renal disease, and while we considered him “terminally ill,” we also thought we might have another year with him at least.  In the end, it wasn’t the renal failure that took him from us; it was a MRSA infection, one that caused him more pain than he deserved. ...more

Advice from One New Mom to Another

My daughter Emily is ten weeks old today, and I’m finally starting to feel less like a “new” mother.  I’m getting into a groove with motherhood and every day is a little bit easier.  Sunday I went to a friend’s baby shower and everyone who attended had the opportunity to write down some “new mom advice” for the mom-to-be.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write, but several things came to mind.  As a new mom myself, I felt like I could offer some pretty profound advice.  The concept of “new” motherhood is still so fresh in my mind.  I finally sett...more

Motherhood is the Happiest Chaos I've Ever Known

My baby, E, is one month old today.  I can truly say motherhood is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.  Yet if I were to describe new motherhood to a woman who’s never had children, she might think I’m insane for saying it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.Let’s face it, having a newborn is chaotic....more

Pinterest is just a Black Hole of Plans that Never Were

I’ve had a Pinterest account for several years.  I have 22 boards total, with themes ranging from recipes to DIY to exercise to animals to hair tutorials. For the record, I had to reference my Pinterest page before I wrote that.  Why?  Because that’s how rarely I glance at my Pinterest boards....more

The Simplest Way to Make the World a Better Place

On Facebook, my mom recently posed the question:  “What did you do today to try to make sure you left the world better than you found it?”  As I read through the responses—offering to rake senior citizens’ yards, giving free manicures, and donating money to the Marines for children, to name a few—I became increasingly embarrassed with myself.  I couldn’t think of a single “good” thing I’d done that day.  If anything, I’d done just the opposite.  I’d complained a lot, had terrible road rage, and participated in my fair share of work gossip....more
This is a really good practice, I don't think about my impact daily, but should and will after ...more

Advice from an Almost-Failed Cook

It's taken two years, but I no longer feel like a failure as a cook. Don't let that fool you—I am by no means a pro, and I'm definitely not qualified to give cooking advice. Yet, that's exactly what I'm going to do. Hear me out. Image: Still life with thyme, Shutterstock ...more
It is like that with a lot of house chores, in the past the mothers passed on how to cook, knit, ...more