“This is lovely writing but I’m afraid it’s a little too quiet for us.” The “us” was a popular and well-respected website. I was happy of course, to have a personal response from the busy editor but it still stung, as rejections do. Yet, as is almost always the case, the editor was exactly right.… Continue reading Searching for Grey in a Black and White World
Words to Stop Using to Make America Great Again
It's been a while since I've published an old-fashioned blog post. This one's just for you, loyal reader, who is still here after my long silences. I will not shop it to another site. I will not try to make some universal point about love, kids, relationships, etc. I simply ask that you take a moment and reflect… Continue reading Words to Stop Using to Make America Great Again
The Truth About Lying
I did not read the "deflategate" report. I haven't closely followed the story other than reading the headlines so I'm not about to guess whether Tom Brady is innocent or guilty. At this point, I'm not sure it matters. I heard that Kylie Jenner has finally admitted to having some lip work done by carefully… Continue reading The Truth About Lying
It Takes a Village
Nothing gets the internet in an uproar quite like an article about stay at home moms or working moms. In the past week, I’ve come across 3 different articles about stay-at-home mothers. I know better than to click on these but I couldn’t help it. I fell right for the “click-bait” (which I’m learning is… Continue reading It Takes a Village
I Don’t Want to Raise Gentlemen
We were at a 3 year old’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago. There was a piñata. Although my 3 year old had never seen a piñata before, there still was a buzz of excitement when a colorful, decorated stuffed animal came into the room tied to a string. As one of the party entertainers hung… Continue reading I Don’t Want to Raise Gentlemen
Lesson Learned While Planning a 3 Year Old’s Party
I like birthdays. They are like your own personal New Year. But I don’t fancy myself a great entertainer; I find it more stressful than fun. I like small, but special, celebrations to mark another year of life lived and lessons learned. But now that my kids are school, we have been to a few… Continue reading Lesson Learned While Planning a 3 Year Old’s Party
The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram.
Now that we’ve been in Asia for three years, the approach of Chinese New Year is less novel and more familiar. This year the celebrations will begin February 19. Two years ago I schooled you on the animals that help to usher in each new year and I smugly thought I had it all figured… Continue reading The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Or Ram.
One of Those Days
We take the city bus to school. There are two busses we can take and we only go 5 stops so naturally, we see quite a few other kids on the bus. The school is not that large and the uniforms are unique (red and green plaid shirts with a green collar). So even if… Continue reading One of Those Days
Christmas in December. And November. (And October?)
Why not blend these two evolving holidays into one big, happy holiday season where turkeys and pilgrims and shepherds and Santas merrily dance around a decorated cornucopia of traditions?
How I Became a Mom Who Still Breastfeeds her Toddler
I don't fancy myself some hippie chick, though I really wish I was. I wish I made granola from scratch and mixed up my own organic deodorant. I wish I composted my garbage and my closet was filled with stylishly chic, long, flowing, flowery skirts. But alas, my cabinets are filled with canned soups, boxed… Continue reading How I Became a Mom Who Still Breastfeeds her Toddler