Posts tagged "growing up"

Mean girls: Have girls gotten meaner OR …

Have we always been this way? Recently, Sarah Jessica Parker – an actress I admire and adore and who starred in my favorite television show of all time – told British Harpers Bazaar that she’s baffled by the cruelty of women today. I read this, sat back in my chair and … FLASHBACK. 9th grade. Friday... Read more »

5 Reasons to Go to Your High School Reunion

In 2007, people kept saying to me “Why aren’t you on Facebook?” and I kept saying “I don’t get it. I’m already in touch with everyone I want to be in touch with. What’s the point? … I have email.  … and oh, I’m on LinkedIn!” to which those same people would shake their heads... Read more »

Panties vs. Underwear: The Great Debate - VOTE here

Many moons ago, on a summer day, these two girls pictured here were having a conversation over cans of Slice at G’s parents’ kitchen table - It probably went something like this - G: What are you bringing to your aunt’s pool besides your bathing suit? Me: My nose plugs. G: I mean clothes. What... Read more »

Middle school: Was it middle hell for you?

How many guys have you gone with? You would think after reading Molly Backes’ young adult novel Princesses of Iowa and interviewing her for Behind the Book, my thoughts would be taking me back to high school.  But, the little spaceship in my head that travels back in time is being propelled even further.  I’m... Read more »

Are high school trips to foreign countries safe?

I went to Italy on a class trip when I was 15.  On the first night, our teacher/chaperone allowed us to go out … at night … by ourselves … in Rome. So, we did.  And, we went to a bar.  And, my two friends ordered beer (I didn’t drink) and started talking to some... Read more »


Photo by Alan Light Someone ordered a Blue Moon beer recently and it reminded me of the Blue Moon Detective Agency and David Addison and Maddie Hayes.  Even though I was in grade school and most of the humor probably passed right over my head, I was enchanted by David and Maddie and the way they talked... Read more »

Teens and Cell Phones: 5 Outrageous Stories

Can you believe there's a National Texting Championship? And the winner gets $50,000.  Read about the 13 year old girl who won here.
Let’s put aside for a moment the issues of texting while driving and sexting.  Here are five just plain outrageous stories involving teens and their cell phones. Today, I am grateful that when I was young (I can say that now that I’m a woman of a certain age) ~ 1/ I thought I had... Read more »

About my brother

1/ When I was 3 years old and he was 9, I hit my head on the coffee table and had to get stitches. He told our Grandma Fernicola that he wished it were him.2/ He is an amazing cook.3/ He likes the name Jennifer.  He actually named me.  And – in the way real... Read more »