Love = Torture?

I may have mentioned this before, but I am a big fan of the whole “love” thing.  Everyone should have some.  Ideally lots. I am a little worried however, about the KIND of “love” that modern society is celebrating, especially for the young folks out there.  How is any of this painting a pretty picture of […]

Love to a Stranger

At the risk of sounding like an enormous sap, I am a big fan of love. All kinds. The mom kind. The friend kind. The get-over-here-and-lay-a-big-wet-one-on-me kind. The old-folks-holding-hands kind. Even the fur-covered kind. I am also a little too cynical, realistic, and practical to run around spouting sunshine and rainbows.  I also, as a […]

Babies v. Teenagers

I used to be a Mommy Blogger.  I talked about the fun things I did with my kids, and even did some product reviews and stuff. I was almost legit. Alas, there is a shelf life on that sort of thing. No one really wants to hear about how I sit around and watch my […]

Think, Wish, Hope

I am not a prayer. Not religious in any way, shape or form. I am massively respectful of those who are. If they use their powers for good, that is. If in the name of God, or Jesus, or whoever you believe is running the show, you are kind, generous, community-oriented, more at peace, more […]

Helpful Advice

Be careful. Don’t die. Don’t fall. Watch your step. These words of wisdom tumble out of me on a regular basis. Since my kids were little I have been diligently providing endless warnings. I watched them hang upside down and said – No spinal injuries, please. I watched them climb on rocks near precipices (for […]

Playing it Safe

I grew up in a DuPont family. For those who didn’t, that means nothing. But for those who did, the culture of safety is extremely familiar. Safety glasses are a common accessory. There is an awareness that every move you make has the potential for danger. I worked there for a few years and even […]

14 (Sigh)

My girl turned 14 today. I may be having a tiny bit of trouble getting my head around that. When she turned 10, I wrote this. When she turned 12, I wrote this. And now for 14, I am just speechless. I can only say: She’s awesome. She’s keeps turning more awesome. She’s a lot […]

My Best Stuff

 My Very Best Advice for the Teen Just Graduating from High School 1) Go to college.  I don’t care if you go to community college or auto repair college or Harvard. I don’t care if you go full time or part time or online or in person. Continue your education. The more educated you are, […]

Say Hello to my little friend

This post is part of a series inspired by prompts from the book 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.  If you want to play along, write your own post (on your blog or other online forum) and post a link in the comments.  I’ll add “shout-outs” at the end of my post […]

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Why am I on the Roof?

This post is part of a series inspired by prompts from the book 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.  If you want to play along, write your own post (on your blog or other online forum) and post a link in the comments.  I’ll add “shout-outs” at the end of my post […]