Decluttering Your Life, Letting Go, Organization, Parenting

A Very Short Story About a Toaster Oven

If I had to choose one small appliance that has stood out for my entire life, it would have to be the toaster oven. There have been many in my life, and though each has its own legacy, one in particular stands out for me. One year at Christmastime, Dad bought a brand new toaster… Continue reading A Very Short Story About a Toaster Oven

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Education, Parenting, Philosophy, Relationships, Self Care, Social Justice

Stop Telling Kids to be Nicer to Bullies

Today's headline was this. And I just can't. I can't perpetuate the myth that people who shoot innocent children in schools do so because they were bullied. I can't accept that somehow a mass murderer deserves my sympathy as much as or more than the victims and their families. I can't tell my children or… Continue reading Stop Telling Kids to be Nicer to Bullies

Letting Go, Parenting, Relationships

To My Mom, Who is Far Away, On Mother’s Day

I wish I could be with you on Mother's Day, but as it works sometimes, time and distance are not with us this weekend. From my living room eleven hours away, I am thinking of you in your home of the past year and a half, a home we never intended. No one ever does.… Continue reading To My Mom, Who is Far Away, On Mother’s Day

Communication, Parenting, Philosophy, Technology

Parenting Via Text – How Micro Conversations Keep Me Connected With My Kids

When my kids left for college, I had many moments of panic that we would soon be down to the obligatory once a week phone call where we would engage in 10 minutes of small talk, and I would be more or less disconnected from their lives as they grew into their lives as adults.… Continue reading Parenting Via Text – How Micro Conversations Keep Me Connected With My Kids

Parenting, Philosophy

Parenting is a Second Guessing Game

It is a rare occasion that a teenager will ask Mom what she thinks are the most important "life lessons." Thanks to a high school in-class assignment, though, my seventeen year old daughter did just that last spring. I guess she didn't have a firm list of "gems" in her mind because she asked me… Continue reading Parenting is a Second Guessing Game