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Paddling Through The Small Stressors

As published in The Rye Record on January 11, 2014 I’ve just come back from a vacation where I spent a lot of time on something called The Lazy River. The Lazy River is loop of chlorinated water, just wide enough for two inner tubes, that pulls you along with a gentle current. You travel… Continue Reading

No Sickness For the Weary Mom

As published in The Rye Record on November 1, 2013   Welcome to cold and flu season! It’s go time for moms, as the children in our houses will take turns being sick during the action packed weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Our pockets are packed with tissues, our pantries are stocked with… Continue Reading

Note to Moms: It’s okay to breathe

As published in The Week on September 26, 2013     The most unnerving part of any flight is when the flight attendant reminds me that if all the air in the plane happens to disappear, I should secure my own air mask before helping my children. Now, I’m not really worried about the air… Continue Reading

In September the Devil’s in the Details

As published in The Rye Record on September 13, 2013 My apologies, in advance, to anyone who makes plans with me this month. There’s an 80 percent chance I’m not going to show up. Likewise to anyone who invites my kids to a birthday party, relies on me for carpool, or asks me to perform… Continue Reading

M.O.M Local – Inaugural Union Meeting

As published in The Rye Record on June 20, 2013 Opening: The first meeting of the Mothers Organizing Madness (MOM) union was called to order at 1 p.m. by the self-appointed Interim President and Secretary of MOM. Said individual asked for volunteers to replace her in both capacities. Preamble to constitution and adoption of bylaws:… Continue Reading

Coming Home Empty Handed From the School Fair

As published in the Rye Record on May 3, 2013    I’ve just returned from the Midland School Fair. I am completely dehydrated, my feet hurt, and I am in possession of one partially mutilated cake that my son won at the cakewalk. My youngest son got his face painted, and I’m watching him casually transfer that… Continue Reading

Case Closed on the Missing Socks: All of Them!

As published in The Rye Record on April 5, 2013   There are many baffling questions we ask again and again, hoping that maybe in the afterlife their answers will be revealed to us. Why are we here? Why can’t time fly when we’re not having fun? Where did my waist go? And, of course,… Continue Reading

The Hot Seat

As published in The Rye Record on March 15, 2013 Is there anything more awkward than the parent-teacher conference? It embodies all the stress and apprehension of a performance review with the added discomfort of being perched on a teeny tiny chair. Like most moms, I’ve squirmed in my fair share of these chairs, waiting… Continue Reading

How Legos Can Save the World

As published in The Rye Record on March 1, 2013 I had a pretty productive stay-cation over February break. I cleaned out three closets, gained two pounds, and rekindled my love affair with Legos. My 6-year-old pulled out that beautiful old box of colorful bricks, and I heard Peaches and Herb singing “Reunited.” It really… Continue Reading

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