Shopping Success #1

It’s a surprising title, I know. I hate shopping, hate-hate-hate it, but I’ve had two good store experiences in a row, so I thought I’d share. Tonight is the homecoming dance for M, so a dress was required. M is not a dress-up kind of girl, and like her mother, she’s not much of a … [Read more…]

The Actual Terror of Fright Fest

On Sunday, I brought J and two of her friends to Great Escape Fright Fest as part of her birthday celebration. She’d rejected the idea of a party this year because she is friendly with several different little crowds, and trying to do something with everyone would be way too awkward. So instead she planned … [Read more…]

Anxiety-Fraught Weekend

Last weekend was not entirely stress-free. First, that video. Jeez. At one point a friend said something on Facebook about how she felt like maybe this whole national conversation was dredging up some PTSD-like symptoms, and she asked everyone to be extra patient and kind with each other. And it feels like that, doesn’t it? … [Read more…]

Billy Beez

I’ve been writing a staff newsletter for, and recently I was laughing about how my publisher, Deb has spent the morning “exploring a corn maze and fondling a goat on tv. Because that is her job.” Because, you guys, that’s a pretty fun job. The other day, it was very important to my job … [Read more…]

This Requires Tutus

Knowing M these last few years, I never would have expected the request she made the other day: “Mom, I really need to just go ahead and stock up on some tutus.” The phrase was delivered with the grim resignation of a grizzled old Vermonter muttering over a weather forecast about getting rock salt. Unexpected … [Read more…]

Hands Off

I shared this article about how we’re supposed to nag the heck out of our daughters on the KidsOutAndAbout Facebook page, and my friend pointed out another article about how we’re ruining our kids by overparenting, and he was teasing me when he said to reconcile them. It’s easy. Nag the hell out of your … [Read more…]

Beware Sunday Afternoons in September

We are getting settled into our routine for the most part. That’s good. But we’re not entirely settled. Every homework assignment is something new, every quiz the first quiz, and that makes the atmosphere tense, particularly on a Sunday afternoon. Because no one does homework on Friday or Saturday, right? J can barely restrain herself … [Read more…]

Nostalgia Trips

Just in time for Halloween, one of my favorite childhood books suddenly appeared on Paperback Swap, so of course I snapped it up. It’s Jane Emily by Patricia Clapp. Very creepy. The book arrived and I waved it in front of both of my children, neither of whom seemed remotely interested. I want to re-read … [Read more…]

Look, Everybody!

  For the past few weeks I have been taking my just-enough-to-be-functional WordPress know-how and pulling it and stretching it like Silly Putty in order to help make a new website for the Working Group on Girls of Schenectady, Inc. I’ve been volunteering as a muse for a while (as you know), and these days … [Read more…]


Hey! How’s everyone doing? The girls are good. So far, high school and middle school are working out okay. They’ve got people to sit with at lunch, their homework load has yet to ramp up, there are favorite and least favorite teachers. . . and I’m very excited to settle into the routine. I’ve been … [Read more…]