Archive for February 2017

What a Muddy Backpack and Stuffed Rooster Taught Me About My Mothering

My eight year old son is a child sized version of an absent-minded professor.  I am constantly reminding him to keep track of his things, not to lose his things, and to stay on top of his things.  “Things” being the all inclusive umbrella term for the trappings of boyhood — backpack, handheld game system,... Read more »

Sleep Apnea, a Bedtime Story

It’s after 9PM and I am awake.  A few months ago, this would have been highly unlikely.  A few months ago, I was living with untreated sleep apnea and, for lack of a better term, was not unlike a zombie.  Settle in for a sleepy bedtime story, my friends. Once upon a time, my husband... Read more »

When Your Toddler Is All Up In Your Business

My toddler loves me.  He loves me and his Dad so much that many of the hours he is awake are spent all up in our grill, yo. Our little guy is the third and final toddler we will raise.  I am reminded of the sometimes overwhelming nature of raising kids this age.  Toddlers love... Read more »

The Unimaginable: A Grieving Parent On 'Hamilton'

Is a spoiler alert required for historical events that occurred over 200 years ago?  I’m told it isn’t, but consider this your official spoiler alert. My husband and I were presented with the totally unexpected opportunity to go see ‘Hamilton’ last week.  After agreeing that the family will be eating three squares of oatmeal for... Read more »

Turning Bystanders Into Upstanders: We Have Higher Expectations for School Children Than Our Senators

by*stand*er – a person present at an event or incident, but does not take part; onlooker, spectator, witness up*stand*er – an individual who sees wrong and acts; a person who takes a stand against an act of injustice or intolerance _______________________________________________________________ On Thursday, President Trump hosted a lunch with ten U.S. Senators, four Democrats and six... Read more »

Nevertheless, She Persisted: What George Lopez and Mitch McConnell Have In Common

Women have persisted since the beginning of time.  It is what we do.  It is what we have always done and it is what we will continue to do, despite whatever challenge may present itself. When I participated in the Women’s March last month and wrote about it, some of the feedback I got, from... Read more »