Posted in March 2010


March 31, 2003 Those of you who have been around here for a while have likely met my dad. And if you’ve REALLY been around for a while, you have probably heard me say that he was a middle school principal for the better part of forty-five years. At every seventh-grade graduation, my dad would … Continue reading

perfect – part two

OK, so we left off at Sephora, right? Well, sort of. Actually. we left off running like the wind from Sephora, followed by Katie crying all the way home after breaking a mirror at the Laura Mercier counter on the way out of the mall. Good times, huh? And what was that conversation that I … Continue reading


OK, so I know I was in the middle of a story and the obvious implication was that I’d deliver the ending today. But indulge me, won’t you? Because it’s going to have to wait. I swear I’m not trying to be coy. To be honest, I’m not even sure that Friday’s story is worthy … Continue reading

perfect – part one

** ** After Katie’s parent-teacher conference, the girls and I arranged to meet friends for a scoop of ice cream at the mall. Granted, it was an ambitious endeavor, but Brooke was enticed by the promise of chocolate in the middle of the afternoon and well, it was worth a shot, right? With the help … Continue reading

three’s a crowd

** See, See my playmate Come out and play with me And bring your dollies three Climb up my apple tree Holler down my rain barrel Slide down my cellar door And we’ll be jolly friends For ever more. ~ Phillip Wingate ** At every play date I notice our uninvited guest. It doesn’t ask … Continue reading


** Katie and I drove home from a delightful ‘big girls’ lunch’ on Thursday afternoon. She talked excitedly in the back of the car. “So, Mama,” she said – talking a mile a minute. “I can’t wait til we get to meet the dogs on Saturday! I mean, you have to figure we’re going to … Continue reading

finding charlie

** I know what I’d said – The trip to the pet store was exploratory only. We would NOT be bringing a dog home with us. There are a million reasons why one doesn’t buy a dog from a pet store – And I’d meant it. Every word of it. I swear. But I was … Continue reading

plugging the dam

. . . All things canine will have to wait a few days, my friends. I promise to tell Charlie’s story as it unfolds, but for now, its ending remains unwritten. In the meantime, I’m at Hopeful Parents today plugging the dam. Or at least trying. Hope to see you there!

puppy dog eyes

** “OOh, Mama!” Katie squealed as we rounded the corner toward the pet shop. “It’s puppy play time!” “What the heck is puppy play time?” I asked. My words landed somewhere between her back and the pet shop door that was already closing behind her as she ran in. Puppies were everywhere. Katie looked at … Continue reading


** “Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.” ~ Christian Morganstern “Home is a name, a word. It is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” ~ Charles Dickens “There is a magic in that little world – home. It is … Continue reading