Well, hello! I’m sorry to be AWOL for so long, but 2020, man. It’s been such a kick in the gut… and while I thought it would at least give me plenty to write about, it turned out EVERYONE felt the same way and with so many opinions and arguments and noise spilling out of […]

Books, Fun

December 31, 2020

My Top 10 16 Books of 2020

Books

My Facebook feed is overflowing right now with adorably filtered pictures of your kids’ first days of school-at-home. You’re all so sweetly optimistic; it truly warms my heart. You’ve repurposed your breakfast nook into a cozy learning haven! You’ve decorated your walls with maps and alphabet letters! You’ve replaced the stacks of magazines, old mail, […]

Fun, Humor

August 17, 2020

This is the Hard Truth About Homeschooling

Dear Parents, As you may have heard, our school board unanimously decided during last night’s Zoom meeting to hold in-person classes at all of our district’s schools, starting August 10th. Although some parents have expressed concern about sending their children back to school in the midst of an out-of-control pandemic, we have come to the […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

August 4, 2020

The Back-to-School Memo That Should Have Been Sent to Parents This Year

Students Going Back to School

So. Let’s talk about school. And let’s talk about it with the caveat that I’m not trying to push a position on you here, and I’m certainly not telling you what you should decide for your kid. Each of us has our own individual set of circumstances and we’ve all got to do what works […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

July 15, 2020

School’s Starting Soon and I’m Not Feeling Good About It. Here’s Why.

Empty Classroom

Like most of you, after months of quarantine, we are so very tired of being cooped up in our house — At the same time, we’re being extremely cautious about traveling this summer. It’s hard to find a place right now that meets our standards of crowd size, cleanliness, and plain old fun, but we […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

July 6, 2020

Leiper’s Fork: A Getaway Guide to Tennessee’s Best Kept Secret

Leiper's Creek Gallery

This is the year we learn what it’s like to live with fear as a backdrop. It feels right now like outside the walls of my home, the world is burning down. Since I last wrote, Coronavirus has invaded the planet and shows no signs of relenting. More than a hundred thousand people have died […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

July 1, 2020

Oh Hi.

Typing Computer Keyboard

Here’s something I’ve never shared with you before: I have a child with an autoimmune disease. It’s something I haven’t written about because like many autoimmune diseases, it’s an invisible illness. Although my child has struggled and life since diagnosis hasn’t been easy, you probably wouldn’t have any idea my kid had anything going on […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

March 23, 2020

Still Wondering Why You Should Stay at Home? Read This.

Family

My Facebook feed is filled right now with moms and dads resolutely trying to help their kids do all of their schoolwork from home. And I feel for them, because I know how hard it is. This is my fourth year of homeschooling my daughter under much the same conditions — Teachers set her curriculum […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

March 20, 2020

It’s Time to Cancel School Until Fall

School Year Coronavirus

You probably have a lot of thoughts and feelings right now about coronavirus. So do I, my friend. Honestly, I feel like I have no words for what’s going on — but that’s what GIFs are for, right? So here’s a look at my life right now — IN GIFS…   Me, watching the news. […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun, Humor

March 13, 2020

How I’m Feeling About Coronavirus Right Now. A Story in GIFs.

Sheldon Meme

Not to panic you, but I’d like to announce that I’m officially panicking about coronavirus. And before you come at me with your medical expert-quoting article links on why I shouldn’t be panicked, let me say from the outset that I fully realize most people who get the illness are recovering, and kids and teenagers […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

February 27, 2020

I’m Panicking About People Panicking About Coronavirus

Coronavirus Panic