When the Weight Won’t Budge

I have been especially cruel to myself lately as I struggle to take off a few holiday pounds. As I get older, it gets harder and requires more work than it ever did before. Forty is fun, but my body won't tolerate my old tricks (extreme dieting, for example), and the scale won't budge unless ...

Letter From a Road Raging Mama

Dear dude in the blue Acura, I’m not proud. I saw your car backing out of its space in the parking lot. It rumbled toward mine, your bumper charging at my Sentra. I slammed my hand on the horn, once, twice. I hollered, “What the F*ck are you doing?” You braked, then yelled back and blasted ...

Familiarity Can Be Dangerous

I cried when I got a new car. The snow-white paint was a brilliant shade, as if white had been reinvented. The dashboard glowed with new gadgets, a backup camera, a plethora of tiny buttons and icons, an interface exploding with digital technology. I slipped into the driver’s seat, and felt the flesh of the ...

Here’s to Counting Memories, Not Years…

Thirty nine and feeling fine... that was the caption I used when I posted a birthday picture on social media last Friday. It was a glorious day, spent with my best guys, a posse of zoo dwellers, and a few boxes of Russell Stover’s finest nut assortments. As any late-thirties gal would do on her special ...

5 Ways to Survive Summer Vacation with Teens

School is out now and that means my otherwise peaceful home will become a noisy, smelly haven for one oversleeping teen and his guests. There’ll be bickering. You’ll hear shameless teasing -- names like Meathead, Captain Sloth, and Brown Bieber, to which my son will reply, “You’re so hilarious, mom.” There will be an odor ...

A Letter to My Teen: The Truth About Love

Dear Teen, I think you're amazing, though you have this prickly, thorn-in-my-flesh way about you. You demand attention, like a barking dog that's spotted the mailman. And because you annoy me so well, you usually get it. You have a radiant smile that evokes a rather ridiculous response in me: proud tears any time, anywhere. Basically, ...

5 Reasons You Should Become a Quitter

Quitting has a negative connotation. It not only defies my loyal Libra instincts, it's long been ingrained in my mind that winners never quit; quitters never win.  My yoga life has taught me better, however. Why I'm Cool With Quitting I've been clocking a lot of quits lately. I'm a week into self-employment (yup, I'm doing this ...