Dear Annie: A Letter to our Rescue Dog

Dear Annie,15 months ago I saw you sitting outside the pet store when I was running errands.  I wasn’t sure if you were part of the local humane society’s adoption event, or if you were heading into the pet store with your own family.  You were far too pretty to be up for adoption – a pure bred, rust-colored, goofy, 7-month old golden retriever pup. I put my bag of groceries down and made a beeline for you.  I’m pretty sure I elbowed another couple out of the way so I could get a good look.  “Is this a pure golden?” I asked....more
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When parenthood is sending me to the nuthouse, this is what I think about.

We’ve all had those periods of time when life seems out of control.  For me, it’s leading a pseudo-single mom life while my husband’s job keeps him away from home most days during the week.  It’s my precious toddler, just shy of his 3rdbirthday, who thinks everything is his way or the highway right now.  If he doesn’t get M&Ms after dinner he hops out of his booster chair and swats at me.  Bedtime means nothing; he’s up 2 or 3 times with every excuse imaginable from “monsters in my room” to “I have to poop.”...more

If I Could Go Back and Write a Letter, This is What I’d Say

Dear Dad,I think you know that on my list of greatest people ever, you rank #1.  You are by far one of the funniest and most quick-witted people I know, and I like to think I inherited that part of you.  So it’s no surprise that even in my 30’s, I still call you a few times each week just to get a good laugh. ...more

Picking up the Pieces While You Pick up the Pieces

The clichés are endless…“Time heals all wounds.”“He’s in a better place now.”“You have a guardian angel.”“You’ll meet again one day.”I know I’ve used all of those when trying to console someone who lost a loved one.  But it sure sounds different when someone is saying it to me…...more

The Other Woman

Fathers and daughters…  People instantly picture dad waiting by the front door with his shotgun when the first boy comes over to take his little princess on a date.  You hear about how emotional it is for him to give his little girl away on her wedding day; he’s been the most important man in her life up to that point.  But what about mothers and sons?  I feel like that relationship doesn’t conjure up the same stereotypical images.  I guess because boys are perceived differently than girls – tougher, more independent – that the mother-son relationship is also percei...more

Taking the Plunge

I’m a stickler for stability.  I’ve always wanted to be more of a risk taker, a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of person, but it’s just not in my DNA.  A part of me is envious of people who are, but another part of me is glad I’ve spent years building a cushion on which to fall if I need it.  I went straight to work in a suit and heels after college, while many of my fellow graduates took time off to travel or “find themselves”.  I sort of wish I had taken a year to goof off, pay my rent with bartending tips, and keep my responsibilities to a minimum....more

Take Advantage of Your Resources!

It’s no secret that a mom’s best resource is other moms.  I am so fortunate to have close knit group of girlfriends who have coached each other through just about everything.  I had my first baby later than some of the others, so I was fully prepared for everything – and I mean everything – that would come my way during pregnancy, delivery, and post-birth.  Some people aren’t comfortable sharing or hearing that level of detail, but I’m so glad I was…  I had few, if any, WTF moments as a result....more

Pig Skin

I went to a small college that didn’t have a football team.  So when I met my boyfriend (now husband), an alum of a big football university, I was able to experience that electrifying level of school spirit that surfaces when 60,000 people scream at everyone and everything between two goal posts....more

Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater

The latest headlines surfacing today on the Lance Armstrong doping scandal got me thinking about cheating.  I’m not a cyclist nor am I really familiar with the sport, so I wouldn’t dare try to pass judgment or spew meaningless opinions on that situation.  But I think it’s safe to say that most people have encountered cheating at some point in their lives, whether it be in sports, academics, marriage, kids’ activities, you name it....more
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Hi, I'm June. June Cleaver. Nice to Meet You.

Everywhere I go I see young kids playing on phones, iPads, computers, you name it.  And they’re YOUNG, like 2 and 3 years old.  Makes me wonder what kids’ lives will be like in 10 or 20 years.  I feel pretty confident there are toddlers more proficient with an iPhone than I am.  That’s not saying much because I’m admittedly not a big technology geek.  I have what I need to make work and everyday life easy and efficient, by my standards at least....more