March 28, 2020

This is our “would’ve been” week — it’s the week my kids would’ve been back in school, the week my sister and her family would’ve been visiting from Wisconsin, the week I would’ve been shopping or going to restaurants and coffee with her, the week our kids would’ve been gallivanting around in this beautiful weather together.

March 19, 2020

Schools are canceled, but the joke’s on us because we’re actually still on Spring Break. Somehow, the Coronavirus managed to cancel both school AND not-school. Good job, you piece of crap virus.

February 20, 2020

We were halfway to school when Foss suddenly announced that he had forgotten his shoes at home. Cooper, ever anxious at the thought of arriving late to school, groaned aloud in horror and irritation.

January 16, 2020

the exciting tale of a lost cat who maybe murdered a gopher and definitely found her way back home

December 31, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: This is my Novel of the Year! Cue the confetti and trumpets! I adored the writing, adored Eleanor, adored the unfolding of her story. Eleanor’s character is odd and opinionated and off-putting, and she obviously has reasons for being so, and as you discover those reasons your […]

December 30, 2019

A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell (audio): is my Book of the Year!!! I use this phrase sparingly, so please take me seriously when I say that this book, by famed economist (and prolific writer (and respected social theorist)) Thomas Sowell, was life-changing. Not life-changing in a self-help kind of way, but rather in […]

December 30, 2019

It’s easy enough to write others off as crazy when they believe things that don’t make sense to us. Sowell — who is by all accounts a genius — dignifies others by calling them logical instead. It’s one of the many reasons I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

September 26, 2019

Our cat, Ave Purrsephone Jingle Bells Christmas Miracle Watson, is great. And what I mean is that she’s great as long as she’s happy.

May 12, 2019

As I looked at our smashed-up van, and our hungry, scared, needing-to-pee kids, and my frustrated husband, and the anxious woman who had hit us, and the kind police officer who joined us at the scene, I prayed that I would be able to take my own advice.

April 11, 2019

Forty-eight hours is not a lot of time to spend in New York City. It feels like even less when it’s dumping rain for half of those hours. And it feels like even less when you’re running from place to place with a toddler in tow, and that toddler has his own ideas about the […]

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