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Kool and the Gang and other cryptic things I say to my kids

“Great minds, kid.”

Don't shelve their 'can-do' attitude, it'll come in handy someday

I asked my daughter if she could help me move a shelving unit into the house. I had gotten one from my mom and knew I could never move it by myself. It was awkward and tall.

When did homework get so hard?

My son's advancement to first grade means both my children have homework most nights. And, people, I am telling you now, I am having trouble.

School: you're already failing

How much are you already failing at school? I'm at about a 60 percent these day. But have faith, I'll be pulling 20 percent in no time.

Do the right thing

Last night, when I inquired about homework, my son quickly said he didn't have any and tried to hide his homework folder so I couldn't look inside. Naturally, this rang alarm bells.

The influence of our elders

I have a wonderful opportunity next week to speak to a group of mostly retired women and some men.

Mom on trial

Yesterday I was called in for jury duty. I fully expected to not be seated and had a full day planned.

Live vicariously

Five. My son scored five times at his first soccer practice. Is this a humblebrag? Nope, it’s a run-of-the-mill brag.

The cool book challenge (no ice required)

I have been repeatedly challenged on Facebook to name 10 books that have stayed with me over the years.

Ramblings of an 11-year-old mind

It was an endless wait in a doctor’s office, one that ended up taking us hours upon hours before the night was over. I was tired, cranky and hungry.