Posts in category "Life's Lessons"

How I recently taught my old geezer husband how to use a computer

Apparently, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks…although it takes a very long time and a shitload of patience. My husband, Martin, a very smart, funny, talented, yet shy man has avoided using a computer…until a few months ago. Hell, he could barely use his cellphone…or email. The good thing about having his smart... Read more »

I refuse to work for less than I am worth

As many of you know, my “day job” is that of a traveling massage therapist. Not easy, especially when there is a polar vortex mixed with 19 inches of snow. I actually injured myself a few months ago schlepping my massage table through the snow because the parking spots in front of my client’s house... Read more »

Hair raising tales of a massage therapist

Here I am providing chair massage to participants of the 2014 Portage Park 5K Run. I am in charge of organizing the massage tent. As many of you know, my day job is that of a licensed massage therapist. That is a subject that I don’t often blog about, but the events of the past... Read more »

Parental Oversharing: How much is too much?

As many of you know, I have a 14 year old adopted son whom we adopted when he was 2 days old. As a result of the trauma of being adopted, he has displayed many behaviors that have caused our family unit a great deal of stress. Now, there’s an understatement. Over the years, I... Read more »

Mummy, can I buy this?

As he uttered those 5 words, chills ran down my spine… Mummy.Can.I.Buy.This. This is “E speak” for I want to spend my allowance, to which I am not entitled until I get the money from the After School Matters program to pay for the TV I broke on February 2 which my Mom paid to... Read more »

10 Great Things That Happened After My Son's Rampage

Those of you who know me are aware of the 12 year long hardships my husband, Martin, and I have endured with our adopted son with severe behavior disorder. Those who read my last blogJust Another Day with My Son with an Invisible Disabilitygot a small glimpse of the sorts of challenges we face on... Read more »

Just Another Day with My Son with An Invisible Disability

Monday, February 2, Groundhog Day, was a snow day for all school children in the Chicagoland area. The storm dumped more snow on the area than was originally forecast…a lot more snow. When it finally stopped after about 36 hours, there was over 19 inches of snow. This turned out to be the 5th largest... Read more »

Why I Hate Dibs: Let Me Count The Ways

As any Chicagoan knows, as soon as there is measurable snowfall, the citizens of our fair city start laying claim to their shoveled parking spots. This is now referred to as “Dibs” where you trot out your broken chairs, old crates, 2 x 4s, reindeer toys and even a broken vacuum cleaner to stake out... Read more »

Invoicing A Family For A Birthday Party No Show Was A Gutsy Move

Although I would never have the chutzpah to do such a thing, on some level I actually commend the family who sent an invoice to the parents of a kid who said he would attend a birthday party and then failed to show up. I know this won’t be a popular opinion but the lack... Read more »

In Memorium

My friend, C, and I in 1977, Kent My friend, C, died 2 weeks ago. Apparently, it was a peaceful end. She was 57 years old. She had an inoperable brain tumor. I am stunned by her death and am still trying to make sense of it. It has taken me 2 weeks to write... Read more »