The Passing of Time is a Beautiful Thing

I don't want my baby girl to ever know that after I said goodbye to her and I watched as she walked along the ivy-covered gates back to her dorm room, I cried uncontrollably. Even though I had already decided to stay in the city for nine days so that I could make sure she was settled, I don't want her to know that I cried so hard it hurt my throat. I don't want her to know that I could barely order my food that night because I couldn't speak through the sobs.   ...more

One Tradition that Must Never Die

Family tradition is what drives me.  In fact, as I write this, I am sitting at the kitchen table in the room where my mother was born, in the house that her grandfather built in 1898.  ...more

How What I Learned from My Friend's Suicide is Helping Me Cope with the Death of Robin Williams

It's so ironic to me that my last post was about a definitive movie from my daughters' childhood and how that movie helped me decide to peel back my layers and write about things that really matter to me.  I mentioned that one of my upcoming posts would be about my friend's suicide.  All day today another quote from a different movie from girls' childhood resonated in my head: "Genie! Of! The Lamp!" ...more

The Most Important Lesson I Taught My Daughters I Learned from Halle Berry

When I hear the name Halle Berry, I immediately think of three things: her gorgeous face, her adorable pixie cut, and her messy break-ups. She is often in the press for her impeccable red-carpet looks, her cosmetic company endorsements, and her roller coaster of a love life. However, when it comes to giving parenting advice, her name doesn't appear on any lists that I know of. Nevertheless, one of the most important lessons I ever taught my daughters is a lesson I learned from Miss Halle Berry herself. Funny thing is, I doubt that she even knows what a perfect example she is. ...more

How Cutting Class Helped My Daughter Decide What College to Attend

When it came to selecting colleges, Erica just wasn't feeling it.  It was late September/early October and she really had no dream school or tingly feeling about going to any certain place.  It wasn't for lack of trying.  We have been touring colleges since the girls can remember.  Most of our tours weren't official; we just visited whatever institutions just happened to be in the area we just happened to be passing through.  We had t-shirts and decals from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, NYU, Julliard...you get the idea.  We laughed when Adrienne was accepted to Duk...more

I Don't Know How Mommy Bloggers Do It: Are They Neglecting Their Kids?

I really don't know how mommy bloggers do it.  They must be neglecting their kids.  I am a SAHM with one child in college and one who is a senior in high school.  My time should...more

A Mother's Day Old-Fashioned Gift Idea That Keeps on Giving

Raise your hand if you can remember a time when you went to the mailbox and saw a hand-addressed greeting card staring back at you.  I bet you can't.  Let's change that!  May is just two weeks away. The first week of the month brings with it so many reasons to celebrate and to show our love for some important people in our lives...Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day!...more

Social Media Feels Like Playing a Game of Twister

I don't like playing games when I don't know the rules, but the game I've been playing on social media for nearly five years has an invisible leader and rules that change every five minutes. I am climbing an invisible ladder. My panties are in a twist, and I have no idea how to remove the wedgie. There is just no way to keep up, and I am spinning my wheels. I could choose to not play, but that is not an option. I started the game without knowing it even existed, so I refuse to let it get the best of me. But it has, and I don't know what to do about it. ...more
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A Job for High School Students that Pays $60K

What job could a high school student possibly have that will pay nearly $60,000.00?  You're thinking that it must be something illegal, like dealing drugs or giving lap dances, right? ...more