Music for the Mind

Girl plays piano

My mother dragged me to piano lessons for 12 years. Every Tuesday, we hopped in the car and drove to the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where I had been taught by the same teacher since I was a 1st grader. And every week, because I would rather have been horsing around or watching TV, I [...]

Heavy on My Mind

my boys

I haven’t felt like myself lately. I feel like I have nothing interesting to say lately and no topics to write about. This is partially because something’s been weighing on me that makes other things irrelevant and unimportant. As the saying goes, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything…” Tomorrow, I’m going to have a genetic test [...]

No-Bake Baby Bullet Cheesecake

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

As is the case with many New Englanders, fall is my favorite season! The cool and crisp nights, the colorful and crunchy leaves, the hay bales and scarecrows, the costumes and hayrides, and, most of all, the pumpkins and apples are just a slice of heaven here on Earth. The sights, the smells, and the [...]

A Little Haunt Won’t Hurt


I’m a big fan of Halloween. BIG. FAN. From the time I was a child, I loved every creepy little thing about it. A few little ghost stories never hurt anybody. If anything, it builds the imagination. Look at writers like Neil Gaiman, directors like Tim Burton, or composers like Danny Elfman. What do they [...]

Time’s Up!

kid chalk terrace feat

I’ve often quoted our family therapist, who has fast become our parental guru, across all topics. Never mind that we see her primarily for my daughter’s anxiety – some days we go off-topic and I’m in for a whole new lesson in motherhood. One day the discussion at hand was: Kids and Days that are [...]

The Prodigal Dog


As we were busy completing paperwork, arranging where to live, and packing our home, a certain someone in our lives was a bit neglected. Used to daily hikes, treats, and lots of love and attention, our dog Lulu was left in a bit of a lurch. It wasn’t until the move was complete and we [...]

My iPhone is my Village


Most moms routinely hear the cyber-chatter about evil, slacking parents on their smartphones at the park or at children’s events. To be clear, I am just not the kind of mom to go chill on a bench, nose pressed into my phone playing Candy Crush or something when I take the kids to the park, [...]

Cutting Back on Facebook


Most of us know what a time suck Facebook can be, but it’s such a hard habit to break. I’ve read many blog posts out there with tips that suggest just checking it once a day or even using a timer app. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite able to “just check it once a day.” The ironic [...]

Moving Day


So, as many of you know, last week we moved out of the house we lived in for ten years. As moving day approached, I braced myself for the weight of the emotions that were bound to pour over me as we left our home and closed a very significant chapter in our lives. After [...]

A Farm Fresh Getaway


I’ve wanted to take my kids to Los Poblanos, an organic farm and historic inn in New Mexico, for over a year now. My first attempt was thwarted when, on a warm October morning, we managed to get six kids under the age of seven to LAX airport at 7:45 a.m., only to receive a [...]