Seize the Radish

When I was young my mom used to tell me to taste every kind of food I was offered; if I didn’t like it I would never have to eat it again. It turned out that that only thing I didn’t like were radishes. For nearly four decades I ate everything but radishes, because radishes tasted like dirt ....more

My Tribe

I was going to sit down and write thank-you...more

He Speaks the Truth

My 12 year old son has been known to have anxiety and OCD. To know him is to love his perfectionism, his lining up everything in the colors of a rainbow, and his constant obsession with rings. Right now we have a little extra anxiety going on, so in addition to seeing a therapist I made an appointment with the pediatrician ....more

Bock Bock

The past few weeks have been tough; not as tough as I thought they would be because there is some peace that comes after the kind of anxiety I was facing. Not knowing where your future lies is terrifying – and that’s where I was for months. At least now I know where I stand – squarely on the other side of the door ....more

Finding Words

I hurt too much to write. I have always been able to write through pain; through tumultuous teen years, an abusive relationship, my son’s illnesses, surgeries and social struggles, and through too many deaths to count. I have always been able to write ....more

Netflix New Year

This post is sponsored as part of my participation in the Netflix Stream Team. Don’t tell 2015, but we rang in the New Year a little early. Last night, we ate good food, hung streamers and balloons and brought out party hats and noise-makers; half the reason was to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, half was to enjoy the new, original Netflix series, All Hail King Julien and the other half was to send 2014 out with a bang ....more

Sixteen

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone That Elizabeth Stone was a smart cookie. How else can you describe the feeling of creating and carrying a child; protecting and nurturing her before she can even breathe on her own, then slowly, over the course of time, allow her to become her own being? ...more

Christmas Crafts

In the midst of shopping, wrapping, singing and snacking, our family has been hit with the flu. My 15-year old daughter missed her first day of school in years, I got a bonus bronchial infection and my 12-year old, autistic son felt so bad that he actually allowed a nurse to swab his nose without a fight. My husband? ...more

My Christmas Wish List 2014

All I want for Christmas is a major life shift, world peace, the end to systemic discrimination, and endless love, but since I can’t have those things, here’s my real wishlist. Oh, wait. I can’t have these things either ....more

Why We Should Forgive Ray Rice

Hold on. Let me tell you where I’m coming from. Before I met my husband, to whom I’ve been married for over 17 years, I was in an abusive relationship ....more