Month: May 2012

Things People Just Can’t Help Doing

My friend Debbie has a notebook which she has titled, “Dumb Things People Said To Make Me Feel Better, But Which Actually Made Me Feel Worse.” Her journal is the result of several tremendous challenges she has faced over the years. She said that while many people offered heartfelt words of compassion, others said some really dumb things in an…

I’m a Crabby Patty

Let me be really frank with you. This post is less of a carefully crafted essay about the beauties and complexities of life, and more of a catalogue of real time incidents which have recently populated my days. Read on, if you wish, knowing beforehand that it is late on a Sunday following a frenetic weekend when I write this…

Purple Blizzard

Yesterday I attended Charlie’s preschool end-of-year celebration. The program featured songs that were so absolutely adorable, and so earnestly sung by such sweet children that my eyes glistened as I held my healthy and squirmy baby and listened. This phase won’t last forever. Chachi will inevitably join the ranks of jaded and defiant tween-dom. He won’t always run to me…

Recently Ruminated

There is a motley assortment of random, half-baked thoughts floating around my vacuous brain (so what else is new?!) In no way do they resemble a cohesive blog post. Proceed if you wish, knowing you’ve been cautioned about my rambling, snarky world-view. Recently overheard (when my ten-year-old heard me telling Jeff about a fireside speaker who grew up in Uganda…

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” Leo Tolstoy I am some kind of anomaly in my demographic: I just don’t care a whit about lifestyle blogs and that pervasive purveyor of the aesthetic life called Pinterest. Blogs like Nie Nie’s, as well as the endless array of lovely pin-able ideas congregating online somehow manage…

Define Success

A few years back, a group of neighborhood friends and I jumped in the car spontaneously to catch a late-night showing of one of the Twilight flicks. While en route to our cheesy cinema treat, we talked about our families. When my friends asked about Jack and his then-hatred of his little brother Charlie, I confessed with frustration that I…