A Memory of a Father

Recently a friend of mine, someone I've known most of my 42 years on this Earth, called late one night and told me his father had unexpectedly died. I hadn't seen his father in years, and the last few times were merely in passing, but the news floored me. Honestly, it hit harder than it … Continue reading A Memory of a Father


Parenting Lessons from Skipping Rocks

"Now hold it just like this, like a frisbee, but smaller." His large, dark, rough hands would move my chubby little fingers on the oblate river rock. "It's all in the snap. In the wrist. You have to get low and snap your hand forward, but hook the rock with your finger so it spins. … Continue reading Parenting Lessons from Skipping Rocks

This Holiday, Give More Love, Less Stuff

For the past month, I've seen houses in my neighborhood losing the battle against Early Decoration Syndrome. Christmas has been slowly invading the neighborhood, with a fringe of Hanukkah for good measure. I've decried the unwanted invasion, the insidious nature of the Holidays months before the date actually arrives, the constant barrage of Christmas commercials and … Continue reading This Holiday, Give More Love, Less Stuff

The Healing Power of All Natural Snowflakes

I don't hate Valentine's Day, but I'm not a fan of it either. I hate the commercialism, I hate the pressure of doing something special on this day over others, but I love that love is at the forefront of everyone's minds (even if it only the physical kind), and I like the cheap selections … Continue reading The Healing Power of All Natural Snowflakes

Your teen is an idiot, but that may be okay

While I was watching one of my students try to pull a staple out of his tongue, it occurred to me, perhaps for the hundredth time that week, that teenagers are idiots.  They truly are, and no one is exempt.  I say this as a teacher, a parent (granted my oldest is only eight, but I … Continue reading Your teen is an idiot, but that may be okay