Tag Archive: family

How Walking My Dog is Like Raising My Children


My dog Lambeau is thrilled each time I take the leash out of the closet. He jumps up and down, leaping with the joyous anticipation of fresh air, new scents, puddles, grass and the mystery of the unknown. My babies would greet me each morning, standing in their cribs, their happy, toothless grins welcoming me,…

The Best Gift I Ever Gave – and Received

This is a post written for the Midlife Boulevard blog hop. Check out other great posts at the bottom of this page, or click over to Midlife Boulevard to see more.   When I was a child, I thought of myself as an artist. This was not surprising, as my family was filled with creative,…

Why Housework Matters

An op-ed piece in the Sunday, December 8, 2013 edition of The New York Times entitled “The Case for Living in Filth”  about the role men and women play in the management of the home is most certainly going to be the trigger for many discussions among groups of women and married or cohabiting couples….

Why the Opinions of Others Don’t Matter

One of the greatest things about being older (ish) is not much caring anymore about what other people think about me. I don’t mean my husband or my kids, or especially my mother – I still need her approval more than anyone’s, and I’m ok with that – I mean the rest of the world….

Thank You For the Music

I could say thank you to my family, friends, readers and colleagues for your support, encouragement and friendship in  a million different ways, but this year I’ll go with music – because how can I go wrong? Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving 2013.

Why Our Stuff Matters

There’s a George Carlin routine – you know the one – in which he talks about “stuff.” “A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” Funny as that bit is, and true as it may be, there’s another side to the stuff we all have….

You Carry It With You

After a most trying week that ended with the cancellation of a two week condo rental in Rancho Mirage (I won’t bore you with the details of that fiasco), my husband and I landed at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa for the weekend. Not exactly the long vacation we had planned on, but things…

A Journey Across the Country That Changed Everything

  We were a nomadic family. For a variety of reasons, my family moved to a new home every 2-3 years when I was growing up. While nearly all of those homes were in the same town, each move meant changing schools,  which meant starting over again – new friends, new teachers, a new street,…

The Best Thing I Learned From My Mother

My mother is a very smart woman. When I was growing up, I could ask her anything and she always knew the answer. Whether it was about schoolwork or a song or a movie or a book or a play or politics or geography…she just knew it all.  The spring before I went to overnight…

The Art of Parenting

Yesterday I posted this photo on my Facebook page: It was seen and shared over 2000 times. Apparently it struck a nerve. I take no credit for the sentiment – that would go to Dr. Bill Cosby, comedian and philosopher extraordinaire. I do know, however, that no truer words about parenting have ever been spoken….