Everything is Different

For 14 years I have longed for this day. I have dreamed of it. I have planned for it. I have tried to make it come faster to no avail. I've wished. I've hoped. I've been anxious, excited, ecstatic, and full of anticipation. And alas, today...today...today is it! We are taking down that horrible wallpaper.…

When Your Kid Has a Car Accident…

Time stopped. I saw the phone ringing. I knew where he was heading. And I knew without hearing a word what had happened. My son had gotten in an accident. Call it a mother's intuition, but I didn't have to hear a word to know that something was wrong. As I heard the details, everything…

The Day I Had a Root Canal

I know root canals are no walk in the park for anyone. But for me, having a root canal was like a walk through hell itself. That is, until I discovered a little dental secret. I went in for my root canal one Friday morning. I had prepared myself physically and mentally for this. I was…

If You Look Backwards Too Long, You’ll Wreck

It's the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. While I love celebrating, I have never understood the fascination with new year's resolutions and the "new year, new you" movement. I mean a fresh start is great, but the world doesn't magically change between 11:59 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on December…

The Men of Christmas Shopping

From the onset of the holiday shopping season through about Dec 23rd, this is the role of the guys pulled away from their tvs, recliners and snacks and drug to the mall. They become the guards of the bags. The keepers of the purses. The placeholders in lines from store to store. And then it gets worse.