It’s Not Easy Being Green

Recyling Bin

My favorite Muppet, Kermit, said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Like any good mom, I try to lead my family down the “do the right thing” path as we go about our little suburban lives. This includes adopting environmentally friendly habits. With Earth Day upon us this week (April 22), I’ve been trying to instill a leave-no-trace mentality… Read more »

5 Apps That Would Make Parenting Teens Easier

parenting apps for teens

You know what’s hard about parenting teens? Everything. From bad attitudes to self-absorbed behavior, teens push parents to the limit on a regular basis.  Throw in struggles with motivation, grades, part-time jobs, chores, and time management, and family conflict just bubbles to the surface like hot lava. Did I mention bad attitudes? Someone needs to create a few smartphone apps… Read more »

A Midlife Pop Quiz You’re Guaranteed to Pass

midlife pop quiz

I feel like Andy Rooney* when I say this, but did you ever notice that you can’t remember where you put your car keys or what you ate for breakfast this morning, but you can remember every word to a song from 1978? Get ready for a midlife pop quiz that will make you feel confident that your gray matter… Read more »

How The Blacklist Brought Me Back to the Dark Side

Why Writers Are Like Teenage Girls

being a writer is like being a teen girl

Being a writer is kind of like being a teenage girl. One minute, you’re facing soul-crushing rejection; the next minute, you’re elated over a “he-likes-me” moment. Throw in a dash of overanalyzing other people’s words or behavior, and it’s an emotional roller coaster for sure. Only instead of dealing with teen angst and boyfriend troubles, writers face a special brand… Read more »