500 words a day

500 words a day

496 to go! How do you folks do it? How do you write 500 words in one day, get them cleaned up, comprehensible, sometimes very funny, and post the whole shebang online? I am terrible at this. I fight with every thought, with the words to express those thoughts, with...

The Bloody Truth

The Bloody Truth

Since I was about five, I’ve been prone to hives. Since high school, I’ve been prone to tearing out my eyelashes (but not eating them, though I’ve heard that’s a thing). And since becoming a mom nearly thirty years ago, I’ve been prone to breaking out in little red...

I hope the house didn’t forget to floss

I hope the house didn’t forget to floss

Our sweet little bungalow had its photos taken on Friday and I can only hope it remembered to brush and floss. We've done everything else. We've painted, depersonalized, and filled the place with flowers. We cleared off the countertops, hid the work shoes Rob keeps in...

In other news

In other news

As you may recall, this happened in February. Upon our return from Florida, where that happened and where we also bought this, we decided to host a celebration in June with family and friends and then crossed our fingers folks would be able to come because, you know,...

Distractions’ll Do You Good

Distractions’ll Do You Good

The word distraction has a bad rap and rightly so. When we get distracted by something, it usually results in our not doing something else. Like the laundry. Or watching the kids at the mall. Or even, but not often (I swear!) going to work. That last one worries me...

Flawed Hobbies Are My Favorite

Flawed Hobbies Are My Favorite

You can't work 24/7, right? I mean, at some point you need to refuel. So how do you do that? Do you have a hobby that recharges you? Gardening. Cooking. Bird watching. These are the things I think of when I think of hobbies and, frankly, how I don’t have any. My...

Inflexibility. It’s a flaw.

Inflexibility. It’s a flaw.

When you're so busy being flexible, do you ever think, "For Pete's sake, just do it my way already!"? I do. It's a flaw. I find it raises its ugly head when I'm confronted with certain situations that make me recall certain expressions. Like, "When one door closes,...

A career change at 59. A flawed decision?

A career change at 59. A flawed decision?

Are we ever too old to change careers? Start something totally new? I've been thinking about it. A lot. Pondering a professional reinvention. Change is good, right? I've got some excellent skills, transferrable skills that could really work in a new work environment....

On Target

On Target

I have a confession to make. Even though it’s nice and quiet and because it’s such I should stay here, at my desk, writing, I really want to go to Target. I haven’t been there, for a leisurely stroll through the makeup department or an unhurried oohing and aahing over...

Barbarians at the Gate

Barbarians at the Gate

When I find myself not writing, I need to ask myself, what is it that I don’t want to write about?  Because it’s not like me not to be writing. So if I’m not, and I haven’t been, I need to stop telling myself I just don’t feel like it and I have nothing to say. Oh no....

2 Minutes with Jenn (and Joe)

2 Minutes with Jenn (and Joe)

Recently, my exceptionally talented and successful friend, Jennifer E. Goldman, launched a video series on LinkedIn called "2 Minutes with Joe." For 120 seconds (give or take) every day, Jenn sips her coffee (the Joe in the title) and talks about an issue that's on...

Beach Dreams

Beach Dreams

I've had beach dreams - dreams of moving to the beach - for forever. As a kid, I cried when we came home from our vacations in Chadwick Beach, New Jersey. When Stu and I were dating and hitting Jenkinson's Pavilion in Point Pleasant every weekend, I used to beg him to...