I Brake for Moms

When illness strikes, we all deserve peace of mind

Last week, Blue Cross/Blue Shield called my house. When I saw the caller ID, my stomach lurched. I thought for sure they were calling to… Continue reading

Girl Scout cookie sales spread the love around the neighborhood

This week when you go grocery shopping you will probably walk past a tiny table laden with cookies, and a Girl Scout shivering in the… Continue reading

Local guitar hero is a music teacher

I grew up in a world where learning to bang out “Fur Elise” on the piano meant you were part of the middle class. When… Continue reading

Kitchen dreams are not made of granite counter tops

When’s the last time you hated something about your kitchen? Unless you just had it remodeled, there’s probably something about your kitchen that annoyed you… Continue reading

For some, the simple act of grocery shopping can traumatize

Simple acts of heroism often go unnoticed, and that is particularly the case when it comes to shopping at Costco with a small child. The… Continue reading

Pain-in-the-butts deserve a getaway too

Every time I looked on Facebook last summer, I saw friends post pictures of romantic getaways. New York City, the Bahamas, Las Vegas. I was… Continue reading

The art of civil political discourse is lost on social media

I don’t know how to be polite anymore. There used to be clear-cut rules for politeness, especially when it came to discussing politics in mixed… Continue reading

This local author is grateful for readers

at least when it comes to books. On Jan. 17, my second young adult fiction novel, “Damaged Goods,” greets… Continue reading

That time my son broke his foot and I didn’t believe him

This is why I’m the worst mother in the world: When my son broke his foot I almost didn’t take him to the doctor. It… Continue reading

‘Fuller House’ is the reboot Generation X craves

Sometimes the world knocks you down on your tushie. That happened to me this winter when I slipped on ice and fell down a flight… Continue reading

Good choices today bring future rewards

One snowy morning this winter, I pulled on my jeans and noticed that they felt snug, which was problematic because they were the largest jeans… Continue reading

It takes a few years to know what Christmas is really about

When you are little, Christmas is static. There is Santa, and presents and a Christmas tree that must be decorated in a certain way. It… Continue reading

Pack a lunchbox with style

Attention grandmas: If you are looking for a gift to give the grandchild that has everything, I have a suggestion. It’s a stainless steel bento… Continue reading

Last year’s Christmas disaster won’t soon be forgotten

You won’t catch this mom hosting Christmas dinner. I’m feeling particularly bah-humbug about Christmas this year. Last year we hosted 17 guests for Christmas dinner… Continue reading

Stress busters for tough times

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us they serve up a double helping of… Continue reading

Camping means different things to different families

“Let’s go camping,” seems like a simple sentence, but it has a huge range of meanings depending on who you ask. A friend told me… Continue reading

The ‘Little House’ books still inspire

Dress me in petticoats because I’m a huge “Little House on the Prairie” fan. That’s why I’m so excited that “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing up… Continue reading

Meat you can feel good about buying. And eating.

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March with… Continue reading

My Plate on My Budget: The fish challenge

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March… Continue reading

Germs an easier fight than image of moms on TV

Now that 2012 is officially cooked, I’m feeling pretty good about honoring the New Year’s resolution I made last year: use a meat thermometer. Score… Continue reading