Whether they’re attending a quilting bee or organizing a girl trip, ‘sweet friends’ have always been part of the fabric of female society. Too bad I’m not one of them. I see her everywhere on Facebook, lounging with a group of marrieds in a Land’s End bikini on the deck of a pontoon boat, her bright smile flashing […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

June 8, 2017

I Will Never Be a Sweet Friend

Dear Mr. Trump, I’m writing to you today not as a Democrat or a Republican, but as a mother to 9 and 12-year-old kids. I realize you’ve got a lot going on right now and that you’re very busy thinking about Russians and Muslims and Meryl Streep and Democrats and CNN and Mexico — but as you prepare for […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

January 17, 2017

Advice to Donald Trump, From a Mom

This post was written by my husband, Dennis Ferrier. Not long ago, I came across a box full of railroad nails. Railroad nails are impressive — They’re big and sharp and don’t bend easily. In the old days, they’d stamp the year each nail was made on the head so the railroad company would know […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

November 23, 2016

The Nail

Back in 2012, I covered the Presidential election for CafeMom and YouTube. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience — I traveled the country interviewing moms and reporting on issues that mattered most to them in the election. I moderated forums between the Republican presidential candidates and rooms full of mothers. I reported for Headline News […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

November 10, 2016

Democrat or Republican, Here’s How We Can Explain This Election to Our Kids

This post comes from my husband, Dennis Ferrier. Retired Metro Police Commander Bob Nash was known for his kind regard for his officers and deep affection for the Nashville community. I know Bob because I coached his daughter, Diane, in soccer for a couple of years. I still remember her toughness and ferocity in the […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 25, 2016

One Last Goodbye

Career advice can come from unexpected places. We went to visit family in Georgia last week and while we were there, Dennis and I hit up my favorite outlet mall, a seemingly neverending stretch of discount stores from every-retailer-you-can-possibly-think-of, just north of Atlanta. This particular trip was for Dennis, who was sorely in need of […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 3, 2016

The One Career Question We Should All Be Asking

From an outsider’s perspective, I guess the last few days could certainly qualify as our Worst Week Ever. Monday, we returned home from Dennis’s father’s funeral in California. Tuesday, Dennis went back to work at the TV station where he’s been employed for 23 years– and was fired. And if you’re shocked and confused about […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

July 19, 2016

A Hard-Learned Lesson in What Matters Most

Dear Daughter, After years of summer drama camps, acting workshops, and children’s theater performances, you finally faced your first major audition yesterday. You were going for the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and you arrived at the audition to find that 25 other girls all wanted the part as much as you […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

June 9, 2016

Behind Every Success is a Whole Lot of Failure

Don’t believe the hype– There’s nothing wrong with using your Facebook feed as a highlights reel. Last week, my husband and I dropped everything, pulled the kids from school, and, along with my two grown stepdaughters, got on a plane bound for California. A family emergency was responsible for this last-minute journey– I won’t go […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

April 28, 2016

Why I Love My ‘Facebook Highlights Reel’

In the age of the iPhone, we all have our time-suck apps. For some, it’s Facebook. For others, Instagram. For me– and I realize I’m far from alone here– it was Candy Crush. In retrospect, one of  the biggest problems with Candy Crush was that Candy Crush never seemed like much of a problem. I […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

February 23, 2016

Getting Rid of Candy Crush Changed My Life