Forever a Superman

Like many little girls, growing up I thought my dad was Superman. In my mind he was the smartest, funniest, most wonderful man in the world.  And then I became an adult and realized that while I loved my father very much, like most of us, he had his faults....more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of the pool. After several lessons, she made some headway but ultimately our little mule stood firm and refused to go in the deep end. ...more
My 5yo recently had a bad day at Tball.  He got in trouble before we left the house and carried ...more

I may never be mother of the bride, but....

I’m not the kind of woman who gets her nails done once a week. I’ve never gone crazy over expensive shoes and purses. I’m more about utility – black shoes and black purse (once I went a little crazy and bought a red handbag). And rather than worshiping at the counters of Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder, I usually pick up some pressed powder and a lip gloss at Target....more
Ann Guidera good to hear from you Ann and thanks for the kind words. Hope all is well. You may ...more

My stubborn teen

When a child is born one of the first things people like to do is play the game "Whose side of the family." It starts with "Who does he look like?" And then moves into dissecting each part of his body to see who can take credit for the adorable features of the new bundle of joy.“Oh he has your eyes,” people coo. “Look she has grandma's smile," they squeal. And later on the, we-dodged-a-bullet-observation, "thank goodness she's not as hairy as aunt Ginny.”...more

Friendships and feeling like the odd girl out

When I was in eighth grade I tried out for the role of Yenta the Matchmaker in the school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Prior to tryouts, I spent hours in my room practicing how to sound like a Jewish grandmother – the kind who “doesn’t want to bother anyone, she’ll just sit in the dark.”Much to my disappointment, the part went to Cindy Berkowitz, who was the only other girl able to channel her inner Yenta and, perhaps not so coincidentally, was best friends with the girl who had already nabbed the part of Golde, the female lead....more

Why I stayed and why I left: A not so sweet 16

I was 16 and he was the first boy to ever show any real interest in me. I was flattered and excited. Even though we were in the same high school and had a class or two together, we never really talked much until the night of a mutual friend’s sweet sixteen party.The party was held at a local hall that hosted weddings and proms. My mom had taken me shopping for a dress and I found a wonderful red velour dress that made me feel special. We couldn’t believe our luck when we noticed the price tag, $9.99, which was a bargain even in the 70s....more

My husband is a sports FAN-atic

It was his reaction to a 73-yard Hail Mary pass that made me wonder if he was truly the one for me. Crushed that his team had lost in the last six seconds of the game. Speechless that they had let the win slip from their hands. Outraged by their incompetence, my then boyfriend lapsed into a sports-hazed coma and sulked like a 5-year-old who had just been denied some candy. But I married him anyway...more

Ten things only a woman understands

Scroll down to the bottom for my list of Top 10 things only women understandI’m a big fan of lists.At work, I have a “To Do” list. It’s supposed to keep me on track, making sure I stay on top of projects and get things in on time but it usually becomes more of a “Put This Off Until Someone Asks You For It” list.I also have a “Honey Do” list at home. But he’s not the handiest of honeys and so that list just becomes the “Crap We Need to Pay Someone To Do” list.So, I’m on record as pro lists....more

My husband is not my soul mate

Several years ago, a friend of mine was going through a rough patch in her marriage and asked me if I believed in soul mates and if so, did I consider my husband to be my soul mate.At the time I was married about five years and gave her what I thought was a truly enlightened answer. I told her that I didn’t believe that we have one soul mate in our lives. I believe that we have many soul mates. And yes, I believe that my husband is one of my soul mates.Well, that was almost 15 years, one child, and at least four or five jobs ago....more
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I shop at Chico's and I'm not afraid to admit it

Last weekend, I took my son and mother to the nearby outlet mall for a little back-to-school shopping - yes I know it’s ridiculous to think about school in the middle of the summer, welcome to Georgia.My role began as chauffeur, banker and fashion consultant for my 15 year-old son. That was until I dared to question one of his fashion choices and was ceremoniously fired....more