Temper Tantrums Can Be a Good Thing –

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.” Young children do not act, they simply are. They BE. So when someone says a child is acting “this way” or…

What is Jimmy Crack Corn so upset about anyway?

You know it’s funny … the last time I was an airport with my children – and for that matter, the last time I traveled any distance that took longer than two hours with them, the only thing that concerned their pretty little minds was where the closest electrical outlet was (so they could charge…

Shhh … don’t tell anyone but I am Isis – really, I am.

I’ve always wanted to fly. You can thank my childhood obsession with Marvel comics for that – or wait … maybe it wasn’t Marvel? (Yes, sometimes I get DC and Marvel mixed up – what can I say, I unlike my copyrighted friends, am human.) Oh I know what you’re thinking … that is if…

A Grandfather’s Final Words of Wisdom

Three Christmases ago – while my husband and mother-in-law stood in the kitchen and fussed over the uncooperative roast that seemed content to cook slower than it should – I took my glass of wine, left the roast to battle on its own and had a seat on the living room couch. My five year…

The more I know, the less I understand …

Riddle me this: can mayhem be controlled? Can it be curbed? Prevented? Even eradicated … or is the world just too damn big to exist without atrocity? Earlier this week, I attended a screening of Girl Rising. The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages,…

Tell yourself Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!

Sadly, I do not read as much as I’d like – but I don’t go out to dinner, run marathons or do any of those things that I used to before my children got so darn busy … but that’s OK … because it is my children that remind me daily how lucky I am….

Fast as lightening, skinny as a stick

My daughter is 5’7 – maybe even 5’8. She is smart (unfortunately for me a little too damn smart at times); thin and muscular (she’s an athlete; probably weighs 130 pounds, wears a size 2); she is nice (to everyone except her 12-year old sister); she is beautiful (really, I’m not just saying that ‘cause…

NEWFLASH: Breakfast cereal takes Viagra!

Anyone reading this in advertising? No, I’m not looking to hire, but I do have a question. And yes, I have written about this before – see the talking hot dog on the left if you’re so inclined. Have you seen the latest commercial for Cinnamon Toast Crunch? That’s not my real question … that’s…

A Nod to the NCAA Soccer Gods

I don’t usually do this – post pics of family or link to other blogs – alas, I couldn’t help but share this photo of my 13 year old heading a soccer ball in the front yard – now everyone out there say a quick prayer to the NCAA Gods that she’ll be offered a…

Instagram + Teenager = CLEAN??

Good news … this is not another post about last night’s presidential debate … I know that lead-in is so intoxicating that you are bound to hang around and read this article in its entirety – heck, you might even tweet it or forward it to your friends. Go ahead … because I’m in need…

Harmony and Hollandaise

It is 7:49 pm – or at least it was when I wrote this.  A typical school night … I am on the couch, home from umpteen carpool trips to and from the track, the middle school, the soccer fields … my husband isn’t here.  He is at the golf course.  It is quiet ……