In the past, our Christmasses have been filled with an obscenely fun amount of activities – from fall winter sports tournaments and showcases to teacher/staff appreciation luncheons, volunteer banquets, work parties, friend parties, church parties, and of course the Big Party on Christmas Eve and all the festivities of Christmas Day. This year, we’d hopedContinue reading “The Christmas tiger”
This time of year, people like me lurk in the shadows, stealth-sipping our cinnamon teas or our chai lattes. No more hiding. I’m speaking up. I love autumn as much as the next gal. Honest. I do. I love decorating the house for Thanksgiving. A good harvest theme never gets old. What does get old,Continue reading “Unpopular Opinion: Pumpkin Spice Isn’t That Great.”
Clinging to what is good.
When I first decided I was going to make a for-real attempt at writing for a living, I started reading all the advice to new writers I could get my hands on. You know what the underlying thread is in nearly all of them – from award-winning, NYT Best-Selling icons to newbies? Every single personContinue reading “Stating the obvious.”
Is it possible to plan yourself into paralysis?
In my previous career, my employer was a big proponent of the management principle “measure what matters.” They had quantifiable goals for just about everything, from length of employment to number of phone calls the customer care line answered in an hour to how many Facebook ‘likes’ each post received. It’s been several years sinceContinue reading “99 Days”
No, this isn’t a Game of Thrones post. Sorry. This is yet another post about how my kid amazes me. When we moved from a southern state to one a little further north six (!?!) years ago, I dread spending long, grey winters indoors. Until I saw how happy it made my kiddo. Me: (wrapping scarf #2Continue reading “How to get through the long winter”
I think it was near the end of fourth grade when my child started incorporating some of the Disney-channelisms into his everyday language. Everything remotely good that happened, whether it was a bowl of cereal or a three-point basket became “epic!” On the other hand, if something didn’t quite work out – a strayContinue reading “About extremes”
I’ve never been a shoe person. All my life, I’ve needed just handful of shoes to feel comfortable in any occasion. Need to dress up? Black pumps. Exercise? Sneakers. Is it summer? Flip flops. Winter? Furry boots. Have a class? Plain white flats. All purpose. No muss, no fuss. Give me a Scholastic book order form, orContinue reading “There’s a Book for That”