Posted in September 2009

the inclusion committee

* A half a glass of wine. A laptop precariously balanced on my legs. My girls, playing with Legos in a corner of the den – parallel play, but it’s play and we’re together and I’ll take it. A speech looming. Tomorrow night – short, sweet. ‘Hello, my name is Jess. I’m your liaison to … Continue reading

the big e

* * The Big E – Eastern States Exposition Sept 26, 2009 A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for.  ~John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic * * Look ma, no hands! * * I would get that one! * * Seriously? This is the ONLY way down? … Continue reading

middle ground

* When my daughter was first diagnosed with autism at the age of three, I was terrified. I will never forget the day that I saw the word in print for the first time. In a blur, I ran from my desk and made my way through the corridor to the ladies room at work. … Continue reading


. I thank you for your kind invitation to introduce me to the president of the Republic. Since I have not been out of my atelier for two months, I have no appropriate costume for this circumstance. Please excuse me. ~ Camille Claudel Brooke Bo Peep and her Katie sheep Brooke is all about costuming … Continue reading

an angel in the cracker barrel

. . In the spirit of pleasing people, we invite everyone regardless of race, color, disability or national origin to enjoy our restaurant and old country store. Since 1969, we have tried our best to provide food and service in ways that uphold our traditions of genuine quality. If you feel we have not delivered … Continue reading


* We spent Saturday afternoon walking around an outdoor outlet mall about an hour’s drive from home. The sun was shining and the day was glorious, but I was completely miserable. I was stewing in guilt for having chosen to bring the whole family along to what turned out to be a crowded, hectic, frenetic … Continue reading

hopes and dreams

* * We at Diary of a Mom temporarily interrupt our current burnout programming to ruminate on hopes and dreams over at Hopeful Parents. Stop by, won’t you? I’ll grab the coffee and see you there.

something’s gotta give

o-ver-whelm [oh-ver-hwelm, – welm] – verb (used with object) 1. to overcome completely in mind or feeling 2. to overpower or overcome, esp. with superior forces; destroy; crush 3. to cover or bury beneath a mass of something; as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche; submerge 4. to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering … Continue reading

a righteous path to follow

I sat down ready to write about last night. Luau and I went to see Pat Green at the House of Blues. Pat is the man who wrote the soundtrack to much of my adult life. The man whose songs resonate with me somewhere down deep. Really deep. Whose music takes me to a place outside … Continue reading


First day of school 2009 Something was different this year. Something big. Hell, everything was different. Well, except the girls’ shirts. Katie tried to convince me to dress them in matching outfits again. But Mama, we do it every year! For heaven’s sake, I thought, are you planning to head to high school in matching … Continue reading