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Take that, squirrels

The worst thing about fall is...

Hang on.

Freckles are a road map of life

I've always had freckles. Ever since the sun first hit my baby face, I've had a smattering of freckles across my nose and cheeks.

Growing out of Transformers and Barbies

Last night my 18-year-old son showed me a picture of a college sweatshirt he would really like to receive for his upcoming birthday.

Kids are humans, too

I saw an adult running past the high school after having seen a gaggle of teens practicing cross-country and I thought, "Well there’s a human being."


I remember the very first time I heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit." I was visiting family in Tennessee.

Kalisha's cookin'

Kalisha doesn't cook, at least not on a stove. She has always been afraid of the stove. Her idea of preparing a meal has been either make a sandwich or stick something in the microwave.

What it's like to be the fat girl in yoga class

I've wanted to try yoga my entire life. What's stopped me?

You say tomato, I say to-mah-to

Somehow, in the past two weeks, my vegetable garden exploded. Its sole produce? Tomatoes. Have I mentioned that I'm allergic to raw tomatoes?

FitBit follow-up

I've had my Fitbit for 11 days now and I have to say it has changed how I walk through my day.

No shirt, no shoes, no breakfast

There's a point at which you look at a child's resourcefulness and have to make a decision: respect the kid's genius or try to reprogram her.