When Your Spring Break Isn’t

This week, in our corner of Kansas, is Spring Break, that hallowed oasis in the middle of the Spring semester.  For a lot of families, it means vacations or trips to see family or just extra time at home together…but not for ours.  See, I married, and my children are fathered by, an optometrist, and(…)

This Mother/Daughter Thing

Oof.  This one is going to be hard to write.  Please, come sit in my confessional. So, it’s been a hard week between me and the Madster.  I don’t know if she’d tell you that–she’s still fairly blissfully unaware of things that don’t immediately concern her–but I’m feeling it.  She’s been annoying the crap out of me,(…)

An Open Letter to the Teens Driving Too Fast Through My Neighborhood

Dear Teens Driving Too Fast Through My Neighborhood, Hi.  We may not have met.  You may never have noticed me.  But, I’ve seen you.  I’ve heard you.  You are, in fact, often my worst* fear.  I fear you when my kids play outside, or when I’m walking the dog, or when I’m running at night.(…)

Cleaning with My Sister at the End of a Life

Last Monday my grandfather passed away, and I’ve been struggling with writing about it ever since.  In some way, a lot of ways, I’d prefer not to write about it–not because I want to pretend it didn’t happen or because the experience would be too emotional but because I’m not sure what to say.  Everything(…)