How to Survive Transition

A woman in labor hits a stage called transition. For me, two things generally happened at that point. I decided to go home and do this thing another day. And, something supernatural kicked in to stop me from leaving. Sort of like motherhood anesthesia. I still felt...

The Part I Play

Hello, Dear Reader. If you know me at all, you are probably laughing at this picture of me wearing a hair net and posing in a commercial kitchen. Or, in any kitchen, for that matter. My newfound freedom from the Day Job has made me a little reckless. (I’m still...

Why We Need a National Mama

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: We need a new cabinet-level position in the United States: National Mama. She could start by sending all party leaders to their rooms with no supper – and NO electronic devices – until they decide to...
A Cure for Homesickness

A Cure for Homesickness

Flashback to one of my favorite pictures of home. circa 1984 I can still see the bare lightbulb hanging in the narrow staircase of my great-aunt Bertha’s house the first time I experienced homesickness. I can feel the softness of her lap as she pulled me close...

Take Care of Each Other

“You all take care of each other”. That is how my sweet mother signs off on family emails any time life is tough for someone in our clan. Which is fairly often when you count all forty-some of us. It might be as serious as cancer, or it might be as simple...

Merry Christmas from Our House

In case you aren’t celebrating near a grandmother of your own this year, I’m reposting a little video of my rendition of The Christmas Story. (The real one. Not the one with the lamp.) Merry Christmas to you and...