Monthly Archives: May 2012

Cranium Crunches – or “Why Did I Walk into This Room?”

So there you are, standing in the middle of your kitchen, looking around. You KNOW you walked in there for a reason, but you can’t for the life of you remember what for. So you walk out, walk upstairs, maybe even head out to your car and then it dawns on you…you went into the…

Help 8 Year Old Arden Fight Her Brain Tumor

We all fall in love with our children. They become, from the minute they’re born, the thing that is always with us, the little (then big) souls that we nurture, care for, teach, tend to, and most of all adore with all our hearts. Our lives, no matter what they were before, are different after…

Commencement – From Beginning to End

What’s it like to watch your child graduate from college? What I kept replaying in my head as we began graduation weekend was not the day my daughter was born, or the day of her Bat Mitzvah. Not the day she got her driver’s license, or the night she sang her first show choir solo….

12 Most Useful Things I Learned at Summer Camp

Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, it was commonplace for children to spend eight weeks each summer at overnight camp. From as early as the age of 6 through 16 or so, many of my contemporaries were ensconced in camps across New England, each perched on a lake. Some may…

“Mad Men” and Some Betty Draper Love

I’ve been watching Mad Men since the pilot, and I’ve been a huge fan from the start. As far as television dramas go, there’s none that have characters as compelling as this show does. If you are a fan, then you know – gorgeous, mysterious Don Draper, luscious, secretive Joan Holloway , tortured, under-appreciated Pete Campbell,…

Happy Mother’s Day – The Gift of Four Generations

Sending love to all of my readers, whether you are mothers, daughters or sons. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! This Mother’s Day I’ll once again be reminded that I’m a lucky woman. Not everything in my life has gone smoothly – just like everyone else in the world – but I’ve had one thing that’s…

My Son. He’s Ba-aaack!!!

My son has returned! After a seven hour drive home – well, his father drove, so that was nice – with a mattress and box spring tied to the top of his Ford Explorer, he was here, with a great big hug ready for his Momma (that would be me ). We hung out last night,…

Education Job Layoffs Far Outpace Government Job Layoffs – What Gives?

A May 3rd article in the Orange County Register reports that year-to-date on the national level close to 15,000 jobs in public education have been cut due to budgetary issues. Trailing far behind in second place is government jobs, with nearly 9,000 jobs lost. There’s something wrong with this. How is it possible that teachers…

Mommy Bloggers: What Makes a Good Mother?

One thing is for sure about the blogosphere: there is a huge number of mommy bloggers. These women offer a wide range of ideas and opinions on an endless variety of topics, including (but certainly not limited to) natural births, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, homeschooling, socializing, eating vegan, tips for traveling with children, potty training, husbands, friends,…