Tag Archives: teenager

From the DMV to the DMZ

My son the math genius and I were rushing to his driving test, so I was surprised when he flicked on the right blinker for a detour. “I’m just going to practice backing in for a minute,” David said. Despite … Continue reading

Posted in Et Cetera | Tagged , , | 27 Comments

Rich Relations

A day with rich relations loomed across the state. My state: annoyed. They called us slobs and the Addams Family. So I ignored my flowery jumper and wore my army green t-shirt, bleach-splotched and torn, truly insisting that it was … Continue reading

Posted in Et Cetera | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

Christmas Riddles: A Fun Idea for Christmas Morning

Looking for a fun idea for sharing a special Christmas present? Make your kids solve Christmas riddles to find it. A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present I am sharing this post from last year ahead of … Continue reading

Posted in Et Cetera | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

Times to Remember

mwahahahamwahahaha If the evil laugh mwahahaha had existed back when my parents were still alive, it would have rung out around the kitchen table whenever someone got set. My mom and dad loved competition. Card games, board games, TV quiz shows: if … Continue reading

Posted in 101 Things | Tagged , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

From Home Depot to Pulp Fiction

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!” He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand. — F. Scott … Continue reading

Posted in Scene from a Memoir | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments

Draw My Life, Please

I’m jumping in on the Draw My Life meme in response to Mama Kat’s vlogging prompt. (video link) My other vlogs: A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present Living with the Millennial Generation Means Not Laughing at … Continue reading

Posted in Video | Tagged , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Hey, Raw Meat!

My little brother and I would wait for the card game to end in the deserted ladies lounge. We got unlimited sodas from the bartender and a pocketful of quarters for the jukebox, playing “The Night the Lights Went Out … Continue reading

Posted in Scene from a Memoir | Tagged , , , , , , , | 43 Comments

Driving Lessons

Image by Joseph De Palma Driving Lessons At the edge of the busy intersection, I hesitated. Was it my turn? I crept forward, but the car on my right darted in. I looked both ways, crept forward again. The car … Continue reading

Posted in Scene from a Memoir | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad

{Celebrate your courage. Send me a postcard.} My teenage boys are poised between childhood and adulthood, and the new year prepares to arrive. I find myself reflecting on letting go of the past and embracing the future. Nothing brought this … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Video | Tagged , , , | 19 Comments

A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present

{Check out my book on my quest to complete 101 things in 1001 days: Timid No More.} My teenage boys puzzled through with determination, trying to find their Christmas present, but I had unwittingly made one of the riddles extra … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Et Cetera, Video | Tagged , , , , , | 48 Comments