Dear Good Samaritan, let me start by introducing myself: My name is Courtney. My husband and I have an 8-year-old son with autism and then some. Our little boy struggles with more labels than a clearance item, I have many chronic illnesses and my husband has more metal in his body than bones. ...more
"Really? Is it really that difficult?" a friend asked when I told him I was writing a how-to article about how to write how-to articles. "I do feel a little like Alice going down the rabbit hole," I said.
I am here to tell you, though, that yes, it must be that difficult to write a good how-to article, because most of the how-tos out there are terrible.
The holiday season is only weeks away! If you’re in a blended family, that fact could cause your eyes to twitch and your beleaguered intestines to threaten explosive diarrhea because you barely got over the stress from last year's drama. ...more
When I was little, I imagined ringing in the year 2000, which seemed so far off. With my fine math skillz, I figured out I’d be 34 going on 35 then, and I saw flying cars and me being very mature and all-knowing, holding several of my well-behaved children as we rang in the new millennium.
Do you know how I rang in the year 2000? I got drunk with a bunch of my friends and we all stayed tuned to the TV, hoping for exciting Y2K mishaps. If I’m not mistaken, I wore some glitter on my temples that night. No children in sight. And the cars stayed firmly on the ground.
Christmas is in the air the already, though the dust from All Hallow's Eve has hardly settled. Christmas music is on the radio, and the stores are rolling out the beginning of the Christmas sales....more