940 Saturdays

Between your child’s birth and his or her 18th birthday, you’ll have 940 Saturdays to share together. That’s the premise behind a new family activities guide and keepsake journal...more

The Writing Spider

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve used my “room of her own” down in the basement. G got me a sweet notebook computer before BlogHer so I’ve been writing in bed, on the couch, outside, wherever. This weekend, though, I retreated to my lair to write while the kids played quietly with collaborative educational […] ...more

Bye, Felicia–I Got Things To DO.

Before I tell the story of how I was a totally unrepentant jerk this evening, let me preface it with a couple of facts: Kroger at 6 p.m. on a Monday in a college town is a lot like the Hunger Games right after the cannon goes off. Don’t be wandering in between me and […] ...more

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing…

Back in the days when I was in grad school, I spent a lot of time studying Alice Walker. In my research, I discovered that Alice Walker had spent a lot of time studying Zora Neale Hurston. For the title of the collection of Hurston’s work that she edited, Walker selected...more

The Gold Bug

I went on a personal archaeology expedition last week and got choked up on a little gold bug. A yellow plastic beetle, to be exact. Ever since I read that journal that I wrote while my marriage to Fartbuster was ending–“Bless My Stupid Heart”–I’ve been trying to recall more about that time of my life ....more

C+ Living

Raise you hand if you are a bit of a perfectionist…Raise it high. And straight. But just high enough that your upper arm doesn’t flap ....more

Five Words To Help You Survive Dinner Time

Dinner tonight: Roasted...more

Sunday Sweetness–1923 Never Left Us

I stumbled across the remake of “The Great Gatsby” the other night. Couldn’t resist watching it again. If you haven’t read the book, please do ....more

It’s a Wonder Any of Us Survived

Tonight, I listened as another mother expressed some guilt over discovering that her 9 week old baby wasn’t gaining enough weight. The lactation consultant figured out that the baby needed more milk in the evening when the mom’s supply was low. After...more

Do I Dare To Eat a Peach?

Tonight at the grocery store, I sorted through a late summer box of peaches. Picked each one up and smelled it to see if it would ever get ripe. Checked the soft skin for signs of brown rot ....more