Monthly Archives: April 2012

What happens next: my children are coming home

To my readers- Beginning today, I am taking a brief break from blogging. I’ll be silent for about ten days. But I’ll be thinking a lot about what I want to say when I return to my blog – because my nest will no longer be empty. What does this mean for me? It means…

The Under Toad: Anxiety and Panic Attacks

In John Irving’s masterpiece “The World According to Garp,” Garp’s youngest child Walt misunderstands when his father warns him to “look out for the undertow,” hearing his words as “look out for the under toad.” The under toad became, for the child in the book, the representation of everything scary and overwhelming and out of…

Twice a week, every week. And it’s not what you think.

For the past four years, every Tuesday and Wednesday night, my brother-in-law Andy has come to stay with us. Some of you may think there’s a lot that’s terribly wrong with that sentence. EVERY week? For two nights? For four years? Yes, and yes, and yes. And it’s been great. Seriously. Before Andy became our…

12 Most Entertaining and Fabulous Musicals Everyone Should See

BROADWAY! Whether on Broadway or at a regional theater, musicals are pure entertainment. From the opening strains of the (preferably) live orchestra to the encore bows, musicals are escapism at its finest. Of course it’s sort of ridiculous – people bursting out in song on the streets of New York, in a jail cell, in…

Don’t Zen Me In

The Zen philosophy of life is to live in the moment. Don’t look behind you, don’t look ahead – just exist in the now, this very minute, where you stand, sit or tumble. Live as if today was the last day of your life. Live life to the fullest and never let yourself fall into…

Yardwine – it’s a neighborly thing

Harkening back to the close knit neighborhoods of the mid-twentieth century, the book Yardwine – It’s a Neighborly Thing suggests and encourages the sharing of wine and food with neighbors in a very spontaneous, open and welcoming way. Conceived by Cathy Larson and Nancy and Dan Roddy, Yardwine is a homegrown and simple way to connect with…

My Dirty Laundry

I love doing laundry. I love the fact that there is a beginning (dirty clothes on the floor of the garage) a middle (sorted and washed, dried) and an end (folding and stacking). For the past 21 years, since we’ve lived in this house,  my laundry ritual has been to sort and fold while sitting…

The Luxurious Life of the Stay at Home Mom

By now everyone has heard about the comment made by Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen about Ann Romney, in which she states that Mrs. Romney “has never worked a day in her life.” Forget all of the rigamarole and argument about how Mrs. Romney had lots of money to help her while she stayed at home…

Karma – what goes around, comes around

Karma. I learned about it a long time ago when I was in college from a co-worker who, when I told her I had been let go from my job after refusing my boss’s inappropriate sexual advances said of him, “what goes around, comes around.” I thought those words were the most brilliant thing I’d…

Just look at yourself

  I’ve been scanning pictures for a few days again, after taking a few months off. A daunting task, to be sure – there are hundreds and hundreds of prints that need to be identified and filed. It can’t be done all at once – a few days here, a few days there. But it…