Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve And I'm sitting next to my Daddy Who is 78 years young We're watching Firefly And I'm backing cookies And the world is perfect right now So you stop reading this And go spend time with someone you love I will, too ....more

"Remember That Time David Pulled Out Your Hair Till You Bled?"

 My daughter and I got into a discussion last night about the circumstances of her birth - or more accurately, her conception....more

"Remember That Time David Pulled Out Your Hair Till You Bled?"

My daughter and I got into a discussion last night about the circumstances of her birth - or more accurately, her conception.You see, both my children were conceived via invitro fertilization. They're "test tube babies," due to a severe infertility issue that made it impossible for my ex and I to have a biological child any other way. It was a long, hard road filled with five years of invasive tests, horrific drugs, thousands of dollars and a whole lot of heartbreak before we hit the jackpot with our two little miracles.Anna asked me if it were possible to genetically sculpt the "ideal" baby, and I explained to her that it wasn't yet, but there are tests available to screen embryos for certain birth defects, and some people opt to "sex select" their embryos, choosing only boys or girls ....more

How My Awesome Cat Has My Back After My Divorce

I grew up a dog person. When I went off to college, my poor mother got her heart broken because half my calls home involved me asking her to hold the phone out so the dog could hear me....more

Growing Up In The Space Age - I Wish My Kids Could Have What I Had

In July of 1969, I was very, very young. I wish I could tell you I wasn't even yet a glimmer in my Daddy's eye so that I could claim to be as young as I feel, but I believe in truthful blogging.It was July of 1969, and my mother's side of the family, then in Denver, all gathered in my grandmother's tiny living room, some of us on the couch, some of us on the floor, some of us sitting across the top of the couch and dangling our pre-school legs down over our parent's shoulders, and we watched.Read more » ...more

Siblings Aren't Really Family, At Least Under FMLA

Earlier this week I happened across this article in The Atlantic regarding the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its restrictions, particularly on how it defines family. The article details the case of Barbara Sapharas , whose brother became disabled in a workplace accident. He needed help caring for his children, and could not walk or drive....more
As a mother who also has a now adult child with autism, I total understand your concerns, I ...more

Fun On A Holiday Friday - My Favorites From "The Elf On The Shelf"

Bad Elf! No Cookie! Why you need a designated elf ....more

Resting Uneasy At The Hotel Rwanda

Several years ago, while working as an executive assistant for a major pharmaceutical company, I had to plan a trip for my boss to Rwanda.Rwanda. Holy cow! Can you even get a plane to Rwanda??It turns out you can. More than one in fact. You can fly there direct via British Airways from Brussels, Belgium mainly because there are a lot of Europeans who visit the area for the Silverback gorilla wildlife preserve in Kigali. The movie "Gorillas in the Mist" was filmed there. ...more
You should watch the BBC documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story, https://vimeo.com/107867605.  It ...more

Resting Uneasy At The Hotel Rwanda

Several years ago, while working as an executive assistant for a major pharmaceutical company, I had to plan a trip for my boss to Rwanda.Rwanda. Holy cow! Can you even...more

Mostly Wordless Wednesdays: Twenty Dollars

Mom, are you mad at me? No, honey, I'm not mad at you. Not at you....more