I have to admit, this wasn’t the best book year for me. I read a lot of stinkers and got into a major book slump as a result, only reading/listening to 43 books instead of my usual 60 or 70. And if that sounds like a lot of books, well, some people watch Netflix. I […]

Books, Fun

December 31, 2021

My 10 Favorite Books of 2021

Since we weren’t able to travel as much as wanted in 2021, we spent the year exploring Nashville instead. More specifically, we explored Nashville’s bars and restaurants, partly because the food scene here is exploding and partly because there’s no better way to self-medicate during a pandemic than with good food and craft cocktails. AMIRITE? […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

December 30, 2021

My Top 10 Nashville Restaurants of 2021

Four times a year at an undisclosed (to me) location in Nashville, a dozen men and women holding candles and dressed in black, hooded robes solemnly file into a room furnished only with a massive table and chairs. Silently, they place their candles at the table’s center, sit, and lower their hoods. As they cover […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

December 20, 2021

M.L.Rose is Still One of Nashville’s Best Neighborhood Hangs. Here’s Why.

Lindsay raced through the kitchen, eyeing the oven clock as she passed. If she left right away, she’d arrive at her son’s school just in time for the afternoon bell. Grabbing her keys and purse from the counter, she hustled through the door with a determined look on her face. Lindsay hated being late. “Okay, […]

Family, Fun, Humor

December 7, 2021

True Story

“This tastes just like eating the best grilled cheese sandwich and the best cup of French onion soup at the exact same time,” I told my husband recently as I finished the last bite of yet another glorious sandwich from Bill’s Sandwich Palace. This time, I’d ordered their French Onion Shroom, an intoxicating mix of […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

December 1, 2021

Joy Proves Elusive at Joyland

This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own. With four kids in our family, we’ve discovered that some are savers and others, spenders — and the tendency starts very, very young. For the most part, the kids […]


November 29, 2021

This is One Teen Milestone We Really Loved

One morning a few weeks ago, I woke up as usual, hopped out of bed (our bed is very high off the ground, so hopping really is what I have to do), and gasped in pain. My knee was locked at a 90-degree angle. Trying to straighten it was excruciating. I did the only thing […]

Fun, Humor

November 15, 2021

I Feel Bad About My Knee

I’ve written more than a few posts over the years about a subject that’s near and dear to the hearts of parents everywhere: The car rider pick-up line. As a work-from-home parent, I’ve never been able to come up with a compelling reason as to why I couldn’t take the kids to and from school […]

Family, Fun, Humor

November 4, 2021

Everything I Thought I Knew About the Car Rider Pick-Up Line was Wrong

Like many other longtime Nashville residents, my husband and I talk often now about leaving the city for good. The Nashville we knew and loved is dead and gone, God rest its soul, and I’ve cycled through all the stages of grief over this truth, only recently landing on acceptance. Right about now, I feel […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

October 29, 2021

The Best Pizza in Nashville is Now at St. Vito Focacciaria. Pinky Swear.

Think you know all there is to know about Franklin, Tennessee? Think again. A new downtown hotel has changed the tourism game here, whether you live nearby and are looking for an easy, fun staycation or you want to add a Southern charm-filled few days to your Nashville vacation. Dennis and I spent a weekend […]

Nashville Guide, Travel, United States

October 26, 2021

Spend Two Days in Franklin, Tennessee: No Car Necessary!