The Sadism of School Supply Lists

My school supply for two children list reads longer than a 2 week vacation packing list for a family of four during which time they will be traveling to the mountains and the beach and at some point will have… Read moreThe Sadism of School Supply Lists

Conquering Fears One Rung at a Time

And then I took the gift cards that I received from the parents at my preschool after saving them for the perfect treat for myself and put them all towards a futon mattress for Levi’s new bunk bed. Last year,… Read moreConquering Fears One Rung at a Time

The Tooth Fairy Eats What?

Levi lost his fifth tooth, his lateral incisor. That, in itself, is relatively insignificant considering current events across the world. I bring it up because in preparing for the inevitable loss, Levi had plenty of time to consider the note… Read moreThe Tooth Fairy Eats What?

Gender Norms are Messing with Our Moves

“Sometimes I want to be a girl,” Levi said in passing. Twice now on different occasions. I, being the open-minded, supportive mother that I am, wanted to ask questions, explore, process, get to the bottom of this statement. Did he… Read moreGender Norms are Messing with Our Moves

When Poop Picks Itself up

We had a dog. Temporarily. Friends finally took us up on our offer to dog-sit. While I have not yet given in to the pleas of our children AND my spouse, I have proactively invited friends to leave their dogs… Read moreWhen Poop Picks Itself up

First time up the bum for art’s sake

Just how artful will it be when 19-year-old Clayton Pettet loses his virginity with another man, live, in front of an audience at The Orange Dot in London on April 2nd at his one-off performance of Art School Stole My Virginity. Clayton… Read moreFirst time up the bum for art’s sake

Big Apple Circus Trumps Hiding Under Electric Blankets

Gabriella’s company gives back so that a few times out of the year we can say, “Hey, it’s not so bad that we never see you and that you work non-stop and that you bring work home and that when… Read moreBig Apple Circus Trumps Hiding Under Electric Blankets

Angela Lansbury Brainwashed Me to Sing

My boys care about geography when ice cream sundaes are included in the lesson. Until ice cream became part of the equation, no map or globe or interactive game or puzzle interested them enough to learn about the world. Not… Read moreAngela Lansbury Brainwashed Me to Sing

Bound for Salon LGBTQ

I’m leaving on a jet plane, but I do know when I’ll be back again.  So, I guess it’s not a very sad departure.  I associate that song with the last night of overnight camp, gasping for air as all… Read moreBound for Salon LGBTQ

Apple picking leads to strange and disturbing hobbies

I am the scrooge of autumn, and I say, “Harvest Humbug to you all!”   As I walked into my preschool class this morning, a teacher greeted with a beaming smile as she exhaled crisp, chilled air as if she was… Read moreApple picking leads to strange and disturbing hobbies