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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

I’ll Show Mine If You’ll Show Yours

If I didn’t have to focus on making a living, this is what I’d do with my life. Georgia doesn’t have a Child Help facility and I’d LOVE to be the person who creates one here.
What is your altruistic dream? Would you feed the poor? Save the planet? Reform education? Cure cancer? Stop domestic abuse? [...]

Spinning My Perspective

Last night I wept. This morning I continued to mourn the passage of time, but with less need. This afternoon I let three tears wash across my cheek and tonight I’m tentatively looking for a new view.
When I wrote last night about not being ready for Aaron to start Kindergarten I was peeled and agonizingly [...]

Please Help. I’m Not Ready

I’m not ready. How have the last five years gone by with a warped speed that creates convulsions and daggers my heart? I know you’ve felt the same thing, mourned the same passage of time, yet rejoiced in the same milestones. But tonight, this night, this day, six days from the beginning of something so [...]

Yelling at a Child Changes Who They Are

At five and a half, Aaron has long passed the question of to pee standing up or sitting down. He’s been intent to balance on two legs while aiming with his third for an eternity, and quite frankly I’m overly tired of cleaning up pee. We have four bathrooms in this house and at least [...]

Are Mothers Held to a Higher Standard in Cases of Child Abuse?

I know we hold mothers to a higher standard of parenting in so many different and often irrational ways, and although I’m a proponent of shared parenting and hands-on fatherhood, I find I’m also a hypocrite.
Every time I read about a story of child abuse involving a man as the perpetrator and the news report [...]

Parenting May Have Ruined My Mind

Last night I took one of those online Myers Briggs quizzes. Have you ever taken a Myers Briggs personality inventory? I always think these types of things are interesting, especially if you can print out five pages of results, hand them to your spouse and demand he immediately read and provide relevant feedback.
What I found [...]

News Sources…Who Do You Trust?

I’m a political nincompoop. It’s true. I don’t claim to hold the truth on any particular issue and through the last two decades my ideologies have changed significantly, surprisingly. Experience hasn’t provided wisdom, I don’t think, but it has certainly provided cynicism.
I strongly believe we each have a responsibility to be informed citizens, to participate [...]

I’ve Got Nothing on Day 5

It’s 2:47 in the afternoon on day five of my commitment for 30 posts in 30 days, and I’m sitting here thinking about what an insane commitment this was, and I’m wondering why I like self torture.
So rather than anything even resembling a cohesive thought, I’m going to take the liberty to ramble on for [...]

Everyone Needs a Little Serious Loco Combination

You know how some people look like their dogs? My face is too round to resemble the long snout of a German Shepherd, but my husband and I have decided we act like our dogs. Or, they act like we do….I’m not really sure if it’s nurture or nature.
Meet Max and Ellie, our 2-year-old canine [...]

Shearing the Apron Strings

As  we celebrated my youngest stepchild’s college graduation yesterday and contemplated all the new adventures she’ll create while embracing a new, independent life, I was struck several times by clock hands and their rapid ticking around the nucleus of my life. As every parent is, I’m amazed at the passage of time and the speed [...]