"There are lots of ways that things can work themselves out, Mom. You just can’t see them all."

"There are lots of ways that things can work themselves out, Mom. You just can’t see them all."
True story: About a year and a half ago, a longtime friend and I had a falling out. There were no fingers to point, no blame to pin in this particular schism. Things simply went off track, and we went our separate ways. But the person hurt most by this “breakup” was my son. My... Read more »

An Old Single Mom weighs in on the new Star Wars trailers

An Old Single Mom weighs in on the new Star Wars trailers
I am a child of the original Star Wars. In 1977, I watched the film in the theater. I was very, very, very, very, very young, and don’t remember the experience of watching the movie so much as I remember the line of people that wrapped around the building to see it. Luke, Leia, Chewy, Han... Read more »

Old Single Mom is taking a little "staycation"

Old Single Mom is taking a little "staycation"
Hey, folks! I just want to say that my OSM blahhg is going on a little staycation. I’ll be absent from this space until about late June/early July. I’m calling it a staycation because I’m not really going anywhere. It’s entirely possible that I might even pop back in if a topic won’t take “no”... Read more »
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I'm a grown-up! (so why do I still care so much about what people think of me?)

I'm a grown-up! (so why do I still care so much about what people think of me?)
The other day, my six year old son said to me: G: Mom, you’re not like other moms, are you? Me: No, kiddo. I’m not. I would say I am a little odd… XANADU ! from Old Single Mom on Vimeo. And by God, I’m determined to teach him that it’s okay to be a... Read more »

Screw you, Taylor Swift. I can't just 'shake it off.'

Screw you, Taylor Swift. I can't just 'shake it off.'
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake Shake it off, Shake it off — Taylor Swift *** We all have THAT THING that still takes us out at the knees – that memory/decision/thing/death/betrayal/love that can still creep up on us and attack our... Read more »

Why do we care more about Kanye West's opinions than we do about Nigerian massacres?

Why do we care more about Kanye West's opinions than we do about Nigerian massacres?
Below is an op-ed essay that I e-mailed to ‘The Washington Post’ a few days ago. I knew full well that chances were slim that it would be published (it wasn’t), but I wasn’t sure that the subject matter was a good fit with what I usually do with this space. I wanted to at... Read more »
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The only crime Patricia Arquette committed at the Oscars was her hairdo

The only crime Patricia Arquette committed at the Oscars was her hairdo
During her Oscar speech, Patricia Arquette spoke from her heart, and tried to ‘Norma Rae’ all the women in this country to stand up and ask for what they are worth.  Meryl gave her several cheerleader pep-rally finger-points. Twitter roared with joy. But only hours later, as the sun rose after a long night of... Read more »

The Chicago Auto Show is the most miserable experience on God's green earth

The Chicago Auto Show is the most miserable experience on God's green earth
Sometimes, we just get “had,” folks. Through the machinations of social media, advertising, and those invisible bullies manipulating the illusion of the “free” market, our society occasionally gets bamboozled into believing things that aren’t true. Like: 1. The Khardashians are interesting people.     2. These running shoes are attractive.       3. Auto shows are... Read more »

6 reasons Eddie Murphy was right to pass on playing Bill Cosby on #SNL40

6 reasons Eddie Murphy was right to pass on playing Bill Cosby on #SNL40
The latest breaking gossip to leak from “behind the scenes” of the #SNL40 performance last Saturday night is that Eddie Murphy passed on playing the role of Bill Cosby at the end of the Jeopardy sketch. (If you didn’t watch the show, the bit was exactly what you would expect: in a Jeopardy “Video Challenge,”... Read more »
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When SNL ends, will my life still matter?

When SNL ends, will my life still matter?
Saturday Night Live is 40, you guys. Whoa. Do you feel that? The landscape of pop culture is shifting. The torch is being passed from the Gen-Xers to the Millenials. We just got word that Jon Stewart will be leaving the Daily Show. Jimmy Fallon has finally taken the helm of the Tonight Show Desk. Robin... Read more »