Middle School Popularity: Pop Quiz for Mom and Dad

The truth is, nobody gets through middle school unscathed. Aware or not, the shame of exclusion is carried with us.


Talk is cheap….Listening is harder

  Big talk is fun. It’s fun to spout an opinion, especially when a warm body is in the room. It is particularly convenient if, by virtue of having given birth to this being in the room, he or she is under a certain obligation to present a facade of interest. I don’t know about … Continue reading Talk is cheap….Listening is harder

Talk About Sex? I Don’t Think So

Even though we are immersed in sexual messages, there are few times that we enthusiastically engage in conversations about sex – especially when it comes to our children. I’ll admit, many conversations over the years with my friends, mostly ending in wildly funny anecdotes of the joys of sex and the humility of a failed … Continue reading Talk About Sex? I Don’t Think So

just help

I’d forgotten how desperate things can be for some in the LGBTQ community. As a hetero married woman, it’s easy to forget. I see my gay and lesbian friends out at work, and they are thriving. They are valued and enjoy well-compensated, hard-earned and well-deserved management positions.  I’ve seen my gay and lesbian friends get … Continue reading just help

Another Teen Overdose

It happened again. My evening routine, filled with “important” tasks was shattered by a text. It’s my friend Meg. Her 18-year-old son just learned that his buddy had overdosed and had died. “Now what,” she asked. “What do I say to him? He’s just sitting in the basement alone right now, and I don’t know what to say.”