Shakespeare’s on the Discount Shelf

There they sat, alone in my inbox for just ninety-nine cents. The Bard himself and my beloved Mark Twain. Ninety-nine cents each, that is, for a grand total of a dollar ninety-eight. "This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single,...

The Secret to Health: Oregano Brownies

My friend lost over ninety pounds. I'm proud. Actually, I have several friends who've had amazing health and fitness victories.  I bow before them. One friend reported how much her world changed along with her health. I remember people would stare--not a regular, "I'm...

Warning to Kids in Hot Tubs: You Will Boil Like Chicken Soup!

"Mommy, you're sending me to summer camp so we don't have to go on vacation!" Declan wanted "vacation." That means a hotel with a pool. He feels sold out. "No, I'm sending you to summer camp because it's fifty-five dollars for the summer.  You need to play with kids...

Parents Unite! You DO Have Power!

My son will hate me when he grows up. All kids hate their parents, but mine's discovered The Blog. He can read now. He sneaks up behind me just as silently as when he's trying to steal my passwords and says, "MOMMY, are you BLOGGING about me?" He gets really mad. I...

3 Ways to Die…Try Canning!

Canning and preserving are age-old techniques for saving the mountain of food you thought was cute when you planted it or bought too much of at the farmer's market. Or maybe your friend dumped off "just a few" zucchini. It's that time of year. I do canning every year....

Why Cheap Moms Teach Kids to Lie

"Miss, you ain't had Kool-aid till you had it in the projects!" I'd been in and out of this neighborhood a million times, but no one ever stopped to offer me Kool-aid before.  My student was going into the Marines. His family invited me by for a drink before he left....