Archive for 2012

Mommy Bloggers and Douchebags

My name is Mary Tyler Mom and I am a mommy blogger. It’s true.  I am a mom and I blog.  It stands to reason that I am, therefore, a mommy blogger.  Except many folks do not think that is a good thing.  Many, many folks think being a mommy blogger is a bad thing,... Read more »

Mommy Wars: You Win, We All Lose

Yesterday I posted an e-card that another Facebook page had created.  I was surprised by the vitriol it generated, but wasn’t familiar with the page, and assumed it was the crowd that hung out over in that neck of the Facebook woods.  I shared it on my own page with the caption, “I’ve seen this... Read more »

My Ungrateful Boy

‘Tis the season of gratitude, right?  You would think so, but not necessarily for three year old boys.  In this most abundant of seasons, we’ve been talking a lot about gratitude and being thankful at home and at school.  My boy is lucky.  He has a nice home, goes to a great school, has two... Read more »
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Mom's Spaghetti Recipe

My Mom didn’t really like to cook much.  I grew up on a diet of canned vegetables, meat, and potatoes.  It’s what my Dad wanted and didn’t require a lot of thought or energy.  I totally get that.  So much of the time I feel uninspired by food.  I try, and with effort can put... Read more »

The Junk in My Trunk

When I was in graduate school I trained in the PTSD Clinic of a local VA Hospital.  All of my clients were Vietnam veterans.  I was a 26 year old woman.  What the hell did I know about Vietnam?  Not a whole lot, it turns out.  I spent the summer before I started educating myself... Read more »

A Good Day in America

Today is Election Day.  I am a democracy dork, so that makes it pretty special in my home.  As long as I can remember, I have been interested in the larger world and how politics impacts our little worlds.  I have fond memories of hanging on to my parents thighs as they waited in long,... Read more »
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Cancer Mom v. Mom

Yesterday night I opened up the old gmail account and saw a new email from HuffPost Live marked “time sensitive.”  Well I opened that pup right up, curious what was going on.  I had pitched myself as a pediatric cancer advocate to them in September, thinking that might be a good time to do a... Read more »

A Walk in the Woods: Finding the Teachable Moment

It was a beautiful day in Chicago — warm, bright, white blooming clouds in a brilliant blue sky.  I had seen the forecast, so promised Mary Tyler Son a morning at the local nature center.  Gratefully, the weather man was right, so off we went. A perfect picture, right?  Yeah, a bit too perfect.  It... Read more »

Breast Cancer Awareness: A Wife, A Husband, A Camera

About a year ago a friend posted a link to a Facebook page called, “My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer.”  I was intrigued, clicked on the link, and then was transported into the most beautiful love affair.  Angelo Merendino was using his camera to document his wife’s breast cancer treatment.  He was doing with photos... Read more »
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Governor Romney, Hope Matters

Let me preface this post by assuring you it is not a political entry, despite being inspired by the words of the current Republican presidential candidate.  I fully realize that the context of Governor Romney’s words pertained to his issues with President Obama’s stance on Mid East turmoil.  I am not writing about Mid East turmoil, or... Read more »