Dear Son: You might feel like this year is no big deal. It’s not your first year of high school, and it’s not your last. You won’t be getting lost in the halls like the freshmen or taking standardized tests for your college applications. Nor will you be waiting to hear about college acceptances. Sophomore [Read More]
With the absence of those iconic conversation hearts this Valentine’s Day, it got me thinking about other sweet things I miss from Valentine’s Day past.
My daughter, 12, has been a Girl Scout since she was in the second grade. She’s a pro at selling Girl Scout cookies by now. (Mmm, Samoas.) However, this year her troop set a lofty goal: each Scout should sell 90 boxes. I think in the past the most she sold was 60-70, and that [Read More]
The movie Bird Box was released on Netflix just before Christmas and the internet exploded over it. I admit I was surprised. At this time of year, most people are embracing sweet, dorky Christmas movies on Hallmark. But an end of the world thriller starring a woman? Being a Sandra Bullock fan, I checked it [Read More]
Whew! That was a busy month. I know that for most of us, December can be both a joy and a giant hassle (sorry, not sorry, Christmas). Our family chucks in 2 out of 4 birthdays in December, too. Which has made me really good at throwing birthday parties during the holidays. It has also [Read More]
It’s time to talk about my favorite Christmas movies that aren’t really Christmas movies. What do I mean by that? Well, there are movies like Home Alone and A Christmas Story that are unabashedly about Christmas. Just like every movie on the Hallmark Channel from, oh, July to December 31. And then there are movies [Read More]
“What does he want for Christmas?” my mother asked. “All he wants is money,” I replied about my son, 15. Grandma would not be deterred, however. Surely I could give her gift ideas besides cold, hard cash? Our conversation motivated me to think up the suggestions below. Many of you may look at it hoping [Read More]