New Year’s Quiz, 2013

I went to look back at my New Year’s Quiz from last year only to find that I didn’t write one. That right there pretty much summed up how 2013 started. It was chock full of sadness, unhealthy choices, anger, and a downward spiral that continued on through May. Outside factors, inside factors, inside my [...]

Cloudy, with a Chance

I think it was right before Mother’s Day when I emotionally bottomed out.  There wasn’t any one event that precipitated the fun for all break-down that took place in my kitchen that day. It was the pile up of life; work, cleaning, laundry, cooking, car-pooling, mail, paper work, bills, and 1st grade homework that sadly [...]

Lego My Sanity

We called it the Christmas of the Lego’s. It’s the Thing my kids are into this year. They. Love. Lego’s. They are very good at them too; sitting at the kitchen table with their instruction manuals and all the pieces sorted in little Tupperware bins. They blast right through them. They received so many though, [...]


I have been thinking a lot about lasts the past few days. The last thing I said to my son and daughter as they left for preschool and first grade in the morning. The last time I yelled at them, which was probably a half hour before they left for school. The last joke I [...]


Fall brought great changes to our family. To say that my work has been challenging is the understatement of a century. This is the first time that my work life balance has been thrown into complete upheaval. Throughout the month of October I was working 65+ hour weeks, traveling constantly, catching what few hours of [...]

The Unauthorized Haircut

A few evenings ago I had fallen asleep on the couch for about 20 minutes. This fleeting power nap had left me a tad disoriented, but I still managed to go through our pre-bed routine of getting the kids settled in for the night. After I came downstairs and returned to the living room, I [...]

My Conversation with Tom Brady

I would like to start off by thanking myself for the dream I had last night. It was kind of awesome, but I do have to say, Subconscious? You can do better:

I’m sitting in the driver’s seat of a car at a gas station, when none other than Tom Brady opens the passenger side [...]

“I’m Almost Five” Year Old Contemplations

The cookout was in full swing; adults chatting on the deck, kids running around at play. I found him sitting by himself on the deck stairs, staring off in the distance.

“Watcha doing little man?”

He ignored my question and took me along with his thoughts.

“Mommy, how did we get our house?”

“Well, Daddy [...]

Tiny Fingers, Brave Soul

She started playing the piano in September and had been practicing for her June recital for months. She could play the music in her sleep. As I stood behind her curling her hair on the big day, I watched as her tiny fingers tapped in time on the table. She hummed the tunes to herself [...]

Quiet Please

You would think in the Big Apple that you might have yourself a celebrity sighting. Well, I guess I did but first it happened right in Providence. My coworker and I were standing outside the Providence train station, waiting to head off for a week of training, when Martin Sheen stepped out of a car. [...]