I knew it wasn’t spring. Not yet. Not quite. But when it hit 60 degrees on March 1st and the sun decided to make its first appearance in days – or was it months? – it was impossible not to feel your spirit lift. There is something about the first blissful days of almost-spring. It… Continue reading Almost Spring. At Last.
My dog can climb trees. I know what you’re picturing right now. You’re smiling indulgently while envisioning that thing dogs do where they put their paws up against the trunk of a tree when they have chased a squirrel up there. It’s so cute, the way they “climb” the tree, isn’t it? That is not… Continue reading Tales of the Canine Companion
Here’s a fun fact you might not know about me. I like to fight. Not physical fights, mind you. Let’s be clear about that. I’ve never thrown a punch in my life and you absolutely do not want me on your team when the zombie apocalypse comes because I will definitely be among the first… Continue reading Itching for a Fight
Four years ago, I wrote a column titled “No You Can’t Wear Shorts in the Winter.” Today I am here to say, with equal parts humility and exasperation, “I Surrender.” I battled with my son for years on the topic of proper clothing choices for chilly weather. I bribed, cajoled, bartered, and growled. And then,… Continue reading Why Aren’t You Freezing?
I didn’t watch the Superbowl. It wasn’t just that my feelings about football can best be summarized as “mild disinterest” or that my desire to argue about which ads were superior and whether the halftime show was appropriate was nil. That’s all true, but the bigger issue was that I had unplugged for the weekend.… Continue reading Unplugging for the Weekend
Lately I’ve been reveling in the experience of parenting elementary-age kids. My kids are genuinely fun to hang out with – as tiny humans and not just as children under my care. They lead these exuberant, complicated lives that they are still cheerfully willing to share with me. I get play-by-play accounts of games on… Continue reading The Joy of the Elementary Years
With one notable exception, the public response to my new hairstyle has been overwhelmingly positive. The exception was my eleven-year-old daughter. She doesn’t like change. At all. Not even in the form of her mother’s funky new haircut. She cried when I showed her my inspiration picture. When I arrived home from the salon, she… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Looking Younger
Have you ever made a decision that, once made, was so obviously the right one that you wonder how it took you so long to arrive at it? That happened to me recently. Before you get your hopes up that this is a really profound article, full of deep meaning and existential considerations, let me… Continue reading Hair Cut of Destiny
It’s an exhilarating experience, stumbling across a new passion. There you are, going about your business, living your life with cheerful enthusiasm and maybe even a bit of sparkle, when – wham – out of the blue you encounter something that lights a new flame. This intro could be the start of a romance novel.… Continue reading Seeking Beauty in the Year to Come
I didn’t make the frosting for my son’s cookie decorating party. And I have no regrets. In my desire to make holidays magical for my kids, I can sometimes set the bar too high for myself. (Please refer to previous articles discussing my hang-up about store-bought valentines for reference.) But this year, I made a… Continue reading Spending Your Magic Wisely