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 ...

How to Make Your Own Rules and Live Your Best Life

I recently had a conversation with someone about the ridiculous rules our parents imposed on us in childhood. I recalled my ten-year-old-self squirming at the table with a glass of warm milk. The family dog couldn't help me, as he had with the chunks of beef I would pass him when parental eyes averted. So ...

Six Ridiculous Things My Teen Said Recently (and they claim we never listen)

Having kids is a crazy adventure that calls for patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor the size of Texas. If you weren't a yogi before, it may be time to get a mat and a mantra. Seriously! Yoga and a hot cup of strong coffee have to be the best tools in my parenting-a-teen-survival kit. But ...