The Day My Daughter was Almost Born Near Exit 11 on the New Jersey Turnpike

Well, I blinked and my baby daughter turned 16 this week. I thought long and hard about what the perfect gift for a teenager would be and concluded that it is this: a blog post dedicated to her. What teen would want AirPods when they can have a bespoke piece of writing in their honor? … Continue reading The Day My Daughter was Almost Born Near Exit 11 on the New Jersey Turnpike

How I got Most of My Kids to Turn Off the Lights

One of my strongest memories as a teenager is that of my father obsessing over the electricity bill.  He would come home from work and do a thorough sweep of our house, room by room, to see if there were any lights left unnecessarily on.  Upon entering a brightly lit but otherwise empty room (usually … Continue reading How I got Most of My Kids to Turn Off the Lights

Happy Surgiversary to Me

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So I thought I’d wait till November to mention it as a way of making sure that my message wasn’t lost in the pink shuffle that is October. Sort of like when you give someone their birthday presents a week late. It gets noticed above the other gifts that … Continue reading Happy Surgiversary to Me

When Empty Nest Syndrome Kicks in Too Early

It’s been offensively long since my last post, I know, but I’ve been taking some time to deal with a shocking revelation. It turns out that I am related to Nahtmee.  And not distantly related, either. Our branches on the family tree actually touch each other. Here’s how I found out. This past summer was … Continue reading When Empty Nest Syndrome Kicks in Too Early