No Money for a Weekend

No one I know has ever done it. I would never dream of doing it. Going an entire weekend without spending money. The idea seemed absurd and completely terrifying. But that’s exactly what my seven year old daughter challenged me to do. It was Saturday morning and we had just finished eating breakfast. Then out [...]

Betrothed to Junk

Letting go is hard to do. Not the kind of letting go you do over an embittered break up or the figurative debris that needs to be rid from your head. Though clearing the contents of my mind is probably long overdue. I am talking about discarding junk. Worthless, useless, piles of clutter. Here’s the [...]

Strong Girl Voice

School yards. Always buzzing. Always unpredictable. Sometimes scary. If she wanted to survive the cruelty of elementary school, my daughter would need to find her voice. A “strong girl voice.” A few years ago, when my daughter was only 4 years old, we had the talk. Not thee talk we have with our teenagers, but [...]

Shot of Ego Boost

He got served alright. My husband got his slice of pizza. But what he didn’t order was a shot of ego boost. The woman at the food court gave him one anyway. Perhaps you’re wondering what a shot of ego boost is, or, how it is best administered. Chilled over ice or left room temperature? [...]

Cheeky Pig and the PC

I should probably be writing about something more sophisticated like the presidential debate instead of animated cartoon characters. It is a bit off topic, perhaps even pathetic, to think that an entire post could be devoted to a pig but to her credit she taught me something. That Peppa Pig caught my attention. In this [...]

Feeding More than Bellies

I’ll admit it. Dinner time stresses me out. I feel like I am running a full fledged restaurant in my kitchen. I am both chef and server. Rush here, rush there. Serve one, serve the other. By the time it’s my turn to eat, I’ve lost interest. But there is something even more troubling, and [...]

Lone Ranger

**WARNING: You’re about to enter the melancholy zone** This is not the usual tone of my posts, and you probably won’t catch me writing another one of these. But I have to provide you with a context of where I came from before I landed here. Not too long ago, I was very lonely. My [...]

I’ll Have Mine “On the Rocks”

It’s not what you think. Let me explain. Weekends are supposed to constitute rest. But for some, the work week blends right into the weekend so there’s no noticeable difference. Just plain busy. Then there are those who get to share a quiet dinner with other adults or enjoy watching a new movie release at [...]

3.4 Seconds

Here’s a conversation I had with Ms. Suzie Q in the school office: “Hi, how are you?” asks Ms. Q “Good, hanging in there. How about you?” I ask “Fine,” replies Suzie Q That sums it up. Our conversation lasted about 3.4 seconds, and then, bam! It was over. I always feel puzzled after these [...]

A House Still Standing

A House of Cards. I loved to build towers out of cards when I was little. I remember laying on the linoleum floor stacking one card on top of the other, holding my breath in hopes that my castle wouldn’t crumble. But it did. My house collapsed every single time. Creating a structure out of [...]

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