October 25, 2012

When Your Kids Mock Your Music: Parental Lecture #768

published on, Oct. 2011 My kids are mocking me now, the kind of laughing that’s half-pity, half-horror.   They have discovered my iPod playlist on […]
October 25, 2012

Turned Tables: When Your Kids Critique You

published on, April 2012 When your children get to the tween/teen stage, they will tell you exactly what is wrong with you. They will also […]
October 25, 2012

Where everybody knows your name: Remembering the art of Skaneateles visiting

published in Finger Lakes Magazine, 2012 There is always one place in your life that grabs a hold of your memory and becomes entrenched and untouched. […]
October 25, 2012

How to be a friend to the grieving

published on, March, 2012 The guys at a little car repair place in Ohio had it right. We were living there when my wonderful 58-year-old […]
October 15, 2012
Pentagon, 9/11, public domain picture released by Dept. of Navy

Remembering 9/11

Shortly after 9/11, I jotted down some prose (I am not a poet, so please don’t pay attention to stanzas, syllables, and the like; it was […]
October 10, 2012

Honey I shrank the kids: A blunt comment on a no-good, horrible, very bad snow day

published in Northeast Ohio Family Magazines, April 2011 It was when my kids were home for the fourth straight snow day that I said The Remark. […]
November 15, 2010

Writing from Home: Haven or Hell?

So, how do YOU work from home? Is it bliss? Is it distraction-free? Or…not? Read my article in this month’s Women on Writing (WOW): “Your Home […]
November 1, 2010

Writing the Terrible Tales

I sent this op-ed to the New York Times and USA Today about an article I wrote– they didn’t publish it– and because the Police Magazine […]