Archive for December 2010

Olfactory Nightmares

While strolling through the music department of Barnes and Noble, I approached the headsets to preview a CD.  As I scanned the disk and made my selection, I inhaled, ready to take in the hipster vibrations of Arcade Fire.  To my horror, the head set REEKED of men’s cologne. In disgust, I threw the headset... Read more »

New Year's Resolutions: Love 'em or Leave 'em?

    It’s that time of year again. Time to say farewell to 2010 and welcome 2011. In case you forgot it’s the end of the year, our news media is more than happy to remind you. It seems like our culture is obsessed with looking back. We are bombarded with stories entitled “A Year in... Read more »

A Holiday Toast

Amid the hustle and bustle of retail shopping and snow shoveling, we pause to toast 2010.  Ask yourself :  What am I grateful for?  2010 was a year of discoveries and change for our family – a year that began with profound sadness and continued for months with agonizing difficulty.  And the storm never fully... Read more »

Memorable Moms in the Movies-A New List

How would you describe your mom?  Or, if you are a mom, how would your kids describe you?  Hollywood has an amazing knack of portraying mothers and I would like to bring to your attention a few ladies who never make the “usual” memorable mom list.  Move over Mommie Dearest, it’s time for some new... Read more »

The Crying Game

    It seems like a lot of people are having babies lately. Maybe it’s just the age bracket I have entered, but every time I talk to someone they tell me that someone we know is expecting. It’s fun to think about all of these people entering the new world of parenthood. They will be... Read more »

Male Bonding: A Four-Year-Old Bear

It is a unique experience, being the mother of a boy.  My heart leaps into my throat at least 10 times a day when my 4-year-old, Raymond, jumps off the back of the couch.   I know the names of every Thomas the Tank engine character and use Thomas lingo in everyday conversation.  I am well-versed... Read more »

I love fractions. Fractions are easy.

The mantra of a four eyed fourth grader.  Picture a little Elizabeth sitting in a classroom reciting, “I love fractions.  Fractions are easy.” I had a wonderful 4th grade teacher, I’ll call her “Mrs. Brown”, who was lovely and patient and would sit with me during recess practicing fractions.  As I sat at my tiny... Read more »

Vices--We've All Got One (or more)

    I of course have more than one. First and foremost, it’s coffee. I literally can’t make it through each day without at least 3 or 4 cups. I don’t feel bad about it. I know people who drink one pot or more per day. I first drank coffee at a coffee house when I... Read more »