You Never Want to Say "Hey, Bomber!" on a Plane

According to the Mayo Clinic, Pyloric stenosis is an uncommon condition affecting the opening (pylorus) between the stomach and small intestine in infants. The pylorus is a muscular valve that holds food in the stomach until it is ready for the next stage in the digestive process. In pyloric stenosis, the pylorus muscles thicken, blocking... Read more »

My Mom is Drunk, That's Why She is So Happy

When we were kids there was nothing we looked forward to more than going to a family party. Being able to hang out with our cousins all night was the best. And if we got really lucky we would get to have a sleepover together at the end of the night. When we were really... Read more »

First Day of School: Parent vs. Teacher

In honor of school starting up again, I watched an old episode of the Cosby Show. The one where the kids have their first day of school. It was pretty damn funny. Bill Cosby does not disappoint. It starts with Rudy waking up Clair and Cliff because she’s so eager to start the first grade.... Read more »

Thank God for Me, the Wind Beneath Beau's Wings

File this one under woe is me. Life is full of double standards. I remember when I was a little girl, there were things my dad would let my brothers do that I was not allowed to do. After all I was his precious daughter. Things like that make sense to me now. But the... Read more »

Judgy-Wudgy Was a Mom

When I first started having kids, I wanted to be perfect. I wanted my little angels to be well-dressed and well-behaved. I wanted my house to be clean. I wanted them to eat healthy. I wanted to be present in their lives. I wanted everything that every first time mom wants. Somewhere around my third... Read more »

It's Not Everyday Your Mother Returns From the Dead

I don’t think you really believe in miracles until you’ve witnessed one. And there is nothing more miraculous than the birth of a baby. When my parents were sick, we prayed for miracles. But it wasn’t meant to be. I doubted if there even was a God for a long time. But I’m a believer... Read more »

Pepperidge Farm Golfish Mac and Cheese, Hold the Popcorn

My brother Juan called me the other day. I was floating my sore back in the pool. His first words were, now I know why you’re crazy. Oh, boy. Here we go. So I roll my eyes and get comfy. I lay back and wait for it. He’s about to tell me a story. When... Read more »

Laughter Through Tears is My Favorite Emotion

When my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, we knew exactly what to expect. We had just gone through it with our mom. My brothers, Juan and Dat, and I were devastated. When you’re put into a situation like this, you can make what you want of it. You can choose to laugh or cry.... Read more »

I'll Take the Beau and Shelly with a side of Back Pain, Please

I have been to hell and back. I am still in shock that back pain can be so life-altering. I got an epidural injection last Friday morning and thought I’d be out with my dancing shoes on that night. Sorely, sorely, mistaken. When I returned home to an empty house to rest the eight hours... Read more »

Women as Priests? Everyone Likes Being Invited to the Party

It is 2014. I am a Catholic. Born and raised. Catholic Grammar School, Catholic High School, and even Catholic College. Sunday mass was mandatory, no questions asked. My parents went to mass on every holy day of obligation with us, unless we were going at school. They also attended morning mass everyday during Lent. Beau... Read more »