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End of School Blues

As a parent, I’ve never been a big fan of the end of the school year. Actually, it’s the last two months of school that set my teeth on edge. And it’s not just the impending school vacation where I am left with the “rock and a hard place” choice […]


In the immortal words of Tammy Wynette, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Just don’t waste your time trying to explain that to a 10.5 year old on the cusp of puberty. Oh, my girl is a hormone machine. She pinballs from ecstasy to tragedy and back again in […]


I haven’t written in a while. I’ve tried. I really have. I’ve spent countless minutes sitting in front of a blank page, willing the words to come to help me deal with the cluster that is life with Stage 4 cancer. And nothing comes. I’ve spent hours in pickup lines […]


It is the first weekend of October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. A few years ago, when I was still in the midst of active treatment, my older son started playing tackle football. During the month of October, they swapped out their maroon socks for pink, the boys […]

Nothing to say . . .

I like to talk. A lot. In school, there was more than one occasion where I had to change desks because I was too chatty with my neighbor. My husband and I can’t get through an entire television show without me interrupting at least three times with random observations, jokes […]

False Alarm

We’ve all heard the stories. Or seen it played out on countless sitcoms. Pregnant mom and dad head to the hospital, convinced that baby’s arrival is imminent. They invite everyone they know – family, friends, co-workers, high school nemesis, Uber driver, et al. – to come join them at the […]

I’m Not Your Friend, I’m Your Mom

Kelly Ripa, she of her eponymous television show, Colgate and Nutella commercials, has caused quite a stir. She went on “The Wendy Williams” show last week and revealed, when relating an incident with her 13-year old daughter that resulted in her daughter losing phone privileges, “I don’t think she likes […]

What I Want to Remember

There is a lot about the last year that I would prefer to never think about again. The pain – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – I’d rather not remember. The surgical drains and radiation burns and hair loss? I would be fine blocking out that trauma. The days where I […]

An Ode to Sport

I am not an athlete. Never was. There was a time, once upon a time, that I may have entertained aspirations (read: delusions) about my skill on a softball field. Alas, my dreams of being a power hitter were derailed by little things like my lack of speed, athletic talent […]

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