And the Smartphone Argument Begins

And the Smartphone Argument Begins

A couple of years ago, there was a phone contract that went around our school system asking parents to not give their children smartphones until 8th grade.  I never signed it.  I felt like a contract among parents seemed a little extreme but now I get it.  Not one Read more

“I’m only one call away…”

“I’m only one call away…”

There are those songs that have stuck with me, that when they play on the radio they remind me of another time, allow me to pause or help me focus on the present.  There are not that many, I can probably count them on my hand.   Luckily Read more

What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner?

A couple of nights ago, my twelve-year-old daughter asked what was for dinner, I asked her what she would prefer to eat.  Without hesitation, she replied, “I want something snuggly where I don’t have to do any dishes.”  It took everything in my power to not laugh Read more

Let Go & Move On

Let Go & Move On

A friend recently texted me about moving on from a friendship and how we should be teaching our children to forgive but not necessarily forget.  I think back to several toxic relationships that I had that ended in disaster.  More often than not, there was very little Read more

For the Love of Groundhog Day!

For the Love of Groundhog Day!

I have always loved Groundhog Day. Not the movie, but the actual holiday itself. It just so happens that the very odd, overweight furry creature in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has been able to fairly accurately determine the meteorological fate of my birthday each year. Will I Read more

I am the Kraken

I am the Kraken

I would like to think we all have tempers.  That at some point we are all pushed way past our normal, when a fuse has been lit that cannot be undone.  I like to hold on to this idea as an ever present “get out of jail” Read more

The Art of Saying No

The Art of Saying No

Trying to say “no”, setting limits and having boundaries is always more complicated around the holidays.  Yet, this year seems a bit easier because there are now external limits being forced upon us.  If you are similar to me and have had trouble saying “no” or setting Read more

Thank the Universe!

Thank the Universe!

“I am the luckiest girl, because I got so many presents for my birthday!” This was the response I got from my four year old daughter a couple of years ago after she stopped singing in the car about being the luckiest girl. My child Read more

Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather

In so many ways, this season is my favorite time of year.  I love the change in the leaves, the easy routine we get into for school, the preparation for a feast with the family that comes to join and of course the switch in clothing.  Every Read more

From the Vault:  Naked Wrestling

From the Vault: Naked Wrestling

In this post, I would like to reflect on a moment from several years ago; from my “memory vault.” In “The Vault” are the stories that we know in my household, the ones that shape us as a family. I started writing out these moments Read more