Archive for the ‘ Life Lessons ’ Category

Happy New Year!

No Resolutions Hi everyone! Happy new year! I know it’s been a while. Well, for you, anyway. As for me, I’ve composed dozens of very insightful, thought-provoking blog posts over the past few months. Unfortunately, they’ve only existed in my head, and somehow vanish into thin air any time I attempt to sit in front of […] Read More

For My Mind

Yes, I’m Listening Recently, my hair stylist very gently pointed out that Betty was floundering. I hadn’t been posting, hadn’t been cooking, hadn’t been exercising. And she very subtly noted that this sort of thing wasn’t sustainable, not for my body and especially not for my mind. Huh. Interesting. My mind, it seems, is a […] Read More

Hotel Living

Making the Most of the Hotel I guess you can tell by the title of this post that we’re still not back in the house. Yep, six weeks out from the fire and I still don’t have any estimate as to when we’ll actually be able to move back home. So for now, I’m trying to […] Read More


We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming Hi everyone, I wanted to send a sincere apology for not posting anything of late. About three weeks ago, we had a fire at our house. Everyone is fine, and the damage could have been so much worse, but it is completely disruptive. We’re living from hotels. I have […] Read More

Letter to Myself at 21

What We’ve Learned Over 21 Years People ask, “If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be?” I figure that you’re old enough now to hear what I have to say. Ready? Here we go…. When they take you to lunch in Chinatown today to celebrate your birthday, don’t […] Read More

Mother’s Day

An Apology to My Mother-in-Law I can’t deal with Mother’s Day. The onslaught of “Don’t forget Mom!” and “We know what Mom really wants!” emails and signs start in mid-April, and with each one I can feel myself curling into a tighter and tighter ball, that nerve rubbed raw by Mom Season, where at every […] Read More

Wearing Many Hats

(This is Not a Metaphor) I’ve come to realize that I’ve been wearing many hats. Not in the metaphorical sense — although juggling half a dozen clients, coaching little league, and generally managing 90% of our home life would certainly qualify — but actual, literal hats. It started gradually, with the quest for a decent […] Read More

Unexpected: Baseball Coach Edition

Coaching = Parenting x 12 This is my fourth year as a baseball coach for my son’s team, which means that this is my fourth year of marveling at the things that have to come out of my mouth as the resident authority figure. I try very hard to not let them see that what I really want […] Read More


Life, the Universe and Everything When I was 5 years old, I met a little boy. I was instantly in awe of him because he was allowed to cross the street unsupervised. He was wearing tube socks with green stripes, one pulled up to his knee and the other bunched at his ankle, because 197os […] Read More

Vegetable Broth: Less Kitchen Waste

Turn Your Kitchen Waste Into Broth I hate throwing away food. Hate it. But supermarkets are designed to sell you more than you need. Do I need a giant bag of celery? Nope, just a few stalks. I always seem to have a couple of carrots that are passing their prime. And how about that half […] Read More