Two Drinks Away

"Life is a banquet, and most poor bastards are starving to death."

(with apologies to Auntie Mame.)

Playdates Are Not Just for Kids Any More

Playdates Are Not Just for Kids Any More

In late middle age, I've come to a realization: Playdates are not just for children. From the day my daughter was born, I lived my life according to her needs: Up by 7:00, race to daycare/school, get a few hours of work in or grab a coffee with the other moms,...

Bubbles and Sparks on the Fourth of July

Bubbles and Sparks on the Fourth of July

Five Ideas, One Menu, 15 Movies and  a Couple of Other Odds and Ends You Can Do (No Kids Required) I wasn't happy when I realized that the Fourth of July this year falls on a Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I think the greatest decision of the late 20th...

Beef Stew Sunday

Beef Stew Sunday

We're having a heat wave in Los Angeles. So why was my oven working overtime yesterday, slow-cooking beef stew, a dish best enjoyed in cold weather? Because my daughter asked me to. And my niece chimed in. And now that both girls are on their own, I do whatever I can...

Two Drinks Away: The Lifestyle App

Two Drinks Away: The Lifestyle App

Kim Kardashian West was one of the BlogHer 2016 keynote speakers this weekend, much to the chagrin of some old-time attendees who did not see how her brand of celebrity related to what we do as bloggers. Those folks were wrong. That was apparent when I tried to get...

Two Drinks at BlogHer

Two Drinks at BlogHer

Linda and I are at the annual BlogHer conference for women who blog! And I actually wrote a post about it this morning - over at my original site, SoCal Mom. Read it here.

A Good Day’s Work May Never End

A Good Day’s Work May Never End

I kind of hope I'll always work. Let me clarify. I hope I'll always want to work and be healthy to work as long as I want. The idea of working forever, or at least a long time, has always appealed to me and makes a lot of sense. Of course, it's always nicer if you...

Days 1 and 2

Days 1 and 2

I won’t bore myself researching how many thousands, or millions, of people have diabetes, are overweight, have stress and anxiety, and other unhealthy diseases or conditions that are often avoidable by healthy living. I am becoming one of them. It seems that while we...

Letting Go in a Dangerous World

Letting Go in a Dangerous World

We drove our little girl to the airport, watched her enter the terminal, and drove away. Mind you: That "little girl" is a 20-year-old young woman, and we've been doing this now for a couple of years - since she started college 2500 miles away from home, in Chicago....

The Grief Comes in Waves

The Grief Comes in Waves

My relationship with my mother was complicated, so I shouldn’t be surprised that grieving her loss is not what I would have expected, either.

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