I am a freelance writer and mother of three boys. Unless you have three boys you can't imagine how oddly people react when they hear that. ...
January 28, 2015
When the school nurse called home to say that you had puked all over the classroom floor, she might not have reached your mom on the first try. You might have had to actually wait a few hours until someone was reached, likely without the aid of voicemail, depending on your age.
January 16, 2015
My oldest dude was an impressionable baby when those crazy Teletubbies first appeared on our TV screens in the late 1990s. Mother and son were equally mesmerized. We watched it every day. (These were the olden days, when we had no On Demand or DVR, and actually didn't even have a DVD player, so we watched according to the TV schedule.)
January 4, 2015
What's missing from this story -- about a 17-year-old girl's fight to opt out of chemotherapy -- is what her prognosis would be if she does the treatment. Knowing that information would shape the way I think about this.
December 28, 2014
I didn't want to agree with this story about cafeteria lunches being better for our kids than brown bag lunches, but I kind of have no choice.
December 26, 2014
My column appears in print today, which means I'm receiving lots of really nice emails from readers. I'm humbled by the thought that many readers feel they know me after reading about my life as a mom over the years. Wishing you comfort and joy as we wrap up 2014.
December 20, 2014
The line at Kohl's today was a lot like the line I stood in at Town Hall with my mom in 1976 to get a swine flu shot. But unlike the people waiting for their potentially life-saving shots, the people waiting in line to buy a $23.99 Disney Frozen Olaf plush toy could choose to leave. Like I did. Except they didn't.
December 14, 2014
I finally got around to checking out the free ice skating at Bushnell Park today. Since I dislike being cold and am not a big fan of winter, it's taken me years to go.
November 28, 2014
Judging by the number of times my phone has alerted me to an incoming email this morning, today's column seems to have sparked something in our readers. Perhaps the time really is now to finally address mental health issues in our society.
November 20, 2014
After growing up with the Dzen boys (OK, they're probably men by now) and having cut down a tree or two at their farm, the interruption this year of this family tradition is sad on many levels.
November 17, 2014
I was on bedrest during a portion of all of my pregnancies. My doctor's advice wasn't something I could choose to ignore.
November 14, 2014
There's no reason that figuring out your family's college financial aid situation should be so complicated. But it is. We're approaching that stage, as my high school senior hits "send" this weekend and applies early decision to his top choice school. Fingers crossed.
November 4, 2014
I didn’t receive one of those mailers showing my attendance for the past few elections, probably because I just changed my address, but I’m pretty confident I haven’t missed voting in an election in years. (I really don’t know -- those infant/toddler/preschooler years made voting a bit challenging.)
November 3, 2014
For a stats geek and a map nerd, reading this here story is like eating fudge.