Posted in September 2008

angry sad

 **** “I will tell you this, as a parent of a 4th grader, a few short years past the kinder age of parent shock and worry, and dawning the crest of oh-my-God-Junior-High. It gets better. And it gets worse. And better again.    And so on.” ~ My dear friend and guru Drama Mama ****   We … Continue reading


people see me I’m a challenge to your balance I’m over your heads how I confound you and astound you to know I must be one of the wonders of God’s own creation and as far as you see you can offer me no explanation I believe fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came … Continue reading

defining moments

  “I yam what I yam.”    ~ Popeye When Katie was on the Ralph Lauren shoot, one of the kid wranglers had the little ones in stitches with her rendition of the Little Einsteins theme song. “We’re going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship/ Zooming through the sky / the little Ralph Lauren models.” Katie … Continue reading

back to school night

  For a charm of powerful trouble,  Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble;         Fire burn, and caldron bubble. ~ The three witches, Macbeth Spoiler alert: Pollyanna has been unceremoniously kicked to the curb Am I the only one at back to school night who has an overwhelming urge to curl … Continue reading


    Ok, so I’m Pollyanna this week. Sue me. But honestly, if I look too long at the heavier side of things right now my little head will explode. And I don’t have that luxury. Too many balls in the air. So I choose to find inspiration where I can. On that note, allow me to … Continue reading

we get out of the way

  “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?…It’s just not right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice….Please, we can get … Continue reading

an ode to single moms

I am tired. Wait, let me rephrase that. I. Am. TIRED. Yes, that’s better. This week has been insane. The market volume and volatility has been quite literally unprecedented. She (anyone doubt that’s the right gender pronoun for this tape?) twists and turns like Mr Toad’s Wild ride as those of us on the institutional side of Wall Street do … Continue reading


    Buddy: Did I ever tell you about the oysters? Idgie: Oysters? Buddy: I didn’t tell you bout the oysters? Think about all the millions of oysters lying around on the bottom of the ocean. Then one day, God comes along and he says, “I think I’m gonna make that one different.” and you … Continue reading

aut viam inveniam aut faciam

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”  – Mario Andretti We interrupt our usual programming for a public service announcement.  Why? Well, in part because I already wrote this and I don’t have time while wading through daily life, the wreckage of Lehman, the bailout of AIG, the acquisition of Merrill, my … Continue reading

voicing dora

  Have I told you about Julie yet?    We knew we’d hit the babysitting mother lode when we first interviewed her nearly two years ago. After talking with her for a while, we mentioned that Brooke had some challenges that we needed to make her aware of. I held my breath, waiting to see what her … Continue reading