Category: Life


Once upon a time, when I was thin and single and living the life in my huge, gorgeously hard wood floored courtyard apartment on the north side of Chicago, I kept the same bag of peanut M&Ms in my freezer for almost two years. Having it there gave me permission to eat them whenever I […]

Hello, Austin. You’re Beautiful.

I am surrounded by beautiful people. Some men, some women, some who seem to ride the wave between the two in terms of style and identity. They sport dreads and shaved heads; nose rings and ear gages; trendy clothes and stuff my grandma likely wore when it was new and fresh, if there’s really any […]

Happy Birthday, Dragon Boy

I’m a dragon, mom. And you’re a dog. That means we’ll fight a lot. He was about eight or so. Young enough that he wasn’t so damn obstinate when someone suggested going to a Chinese restaurant (or any restaurant with anything other than burgers, chicken strips or fettuccine Alfredo on the menu). Young enough that […]

Playing in the Rain

They danced in the rain today. I was upstairs, working, when he came barreling up the stairs. “Have you seen it?” he asked, with a grin that was somehow bigger than those I’d seen from him lately. When I asked what he was talking about, he said “front door. Now. Right now.” So I followed […]

LTYM 2014 Videos are Live!

The day is finally here! The 2014 Listen to Your Mother season is up on YouTube! One of my greatest regrets is that I can’t personally attend every single Listen to Your Mother show. It’s impossible logistically, as there were shows in 32 cities this season, many of them on the same day and at […]


Warning…if you refer to me as your daughter or your mother, you might want to skip this one. Just sayin’.  It’s not good feng shui to have stuff under the bed. Move it, she said. Tonight, when you get home. I knew what was underneath. The storage box made specifically for under the bed, the […]

Push: My 2014 LTYM:KC Recap

Our Listen to Your Mother: Kansas City show happened more than a week ago, but I’m still processing. In reality, I’ve been processing since the submissions started to hit our inbox, back when the roads were covered with ice and May 3 seemed like a lifetime away. When those stories started coming in, I waited […]

Observations From the Road

I’ve never minded taking road trips alone. I like being able to control the music without complaint, the fact that no one makes fun of me when I stop too often to pee and that if I want to, I can ride in complete silence with only the steady blur of the center line to […]


I freaked out a few people when I posted to Facebook this morning that our Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City show is less than two weeks away. One week, five days to be exact. When we first started thinking about this show, before Christmas last year, it seemed to me like we had so […]

Shifting Catholic During Lent

So today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the beginning of Lent, though my kids just call it an awfully inconvenient time for an extra long Mass. As we drove to church I asked if they’d given any thought to what they might give up for Lent this year. When I got the obligatory ‘soda’ and ‘sweets’ […]

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I am a freelance writer, ghost author, editor and content strategist. I am a mother to three extraordinarily ordinary kids, the daughter of a genuinely good man, and an aspiring yogi, creative non-fiction and memoir addict, wanna-be world traveler, and work in progress. This is my personal blog.
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