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

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

I have news. And it’s going to shake some of you to the core. I’m not even kidding. At a dinner I attended last night, the small talk turned briefly to teens and tweens. “I just learned something horrifying from my teens, actually,” I said. (Because ‘something horrifying’ is always good for dinner parties with […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

October 4, 2021

This Texting Mistake Could Be Ruining Your Life

Texting Etiquette

“I’m going to make a quick phone call,” I told my 14-year-old son not long ago, after picking him up from school. “Who are you calling?” he asked. “You’ll see,” I told him. I speed-dialed Dennis Ferrier and put the phone on speaker. “Hello?” Dennis said. “Hey!” I said. “I just wanted to let you […]

Family, Fun, Humor

September 25, 2021

Notes From the Mom of a Teenage Boy

Here in Nashville, weather conditions these last few weeks have been akin to those in… well, Hell. Temperatures have soared into the nineties nearly every day and the godawful humidity here makes it seem even hotter. Unless I’m poolside with a good book, I despise the weather this time of year. I hate the bugs […]

Fun, Humor

August 31, 2021

Fake Fall: For Southerners, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

A good friend from my past posted on social media recently that a close family member suffering from COVID had been put on a ventilator. She asked for prayers. The next day, she posted anti-vax and anti-mask memes. On Saturday, a well-known local talk show host died of COVID. Although he was a COVID skeptic […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 25, 2021

As Communities Fracture, The Solution is Simple — But So Very Hard.

Fruity, rum-filled drinks, a retro Polynesian vibe… and robots. This East Nashville tiki bar has more than a few fun surprises. A few years ago, a man had a dream. “The dream I had last night was so weird,” he told a friend the next day over coffee. “The only thing I really remember now […]

Fun, Nashville Guide, Travel

July 20, 2021

Chopper: This Nashville Tiki Bar is Our New Favorite Hangout

Chopper Nashville Tiki Bar Review

I think of Gatlinburg as a rite of passage for every American traveler. Snuggled up against the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the bustling town offers a colorful juxtaposition to the ancient mountains beyond. Enter Gatlinburg and you’ll find yourself immersed in a dizzying swirl of pancake houses, souvenir shops, tourist attractions, and hordes of […]

Fun, Travel, United States

July 12, 2021

The 30 Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Our youngest has always been easy. He’s a natural self-starter and sailed through elementary and middle school rarely needing help or reminders from us, which is good because after 20 years of parenting, you get… well… TIRED. Even better, he’s managed to make it this far without losing his agreeable disposition. Although I had braced […]

Family, Fun

May 28, 2021

The Last One Grows Up