22 Ways My Imperfect Mother is Perfect

22 Ways My Imperfect Mother is Perfect

“Look at your beautiful mom. She brightens everybody’s day with that smile.” I was 9 and Kathy was 8 and we were sitting in what passed for the backseat of our blue MG convertible. We watched through the big glass window at 7-eleven as our mother...
Ted Cruz: Spanking Comes Down To Who We Are

Ted Cruz: Spanking Comes Down To Who We Are

  Note to my readers: Just over an hour after posting this article, Senator Ted Cruz announced his withdrawal from the Presidential Race. Cruz could handle the slings and arrows from Trump, but apparently my middle cinnamon roll blog was the straw that broke the...
Pill Bugs And Other Gifts From Our Children

Pill Bugs And Other Gifts From Our Children

  I came home from school in the fourth grade and presented my mother with a self-portrait clay figurine, complete with my favorite blue dress and long blonde hair.  It fit in the palm of her hand. My sister gave her a shiny and expressive black and white tuxedo cat....
DMV or Enema? Enema, Please!

DMV or Enema? Enema, Please!

My stomach is already in knots. Thomas and I are headed to the Arleta DMV for his 8:00 AM driving test. I choke up as he quietly lists his “rules of the road” while merging onto the 170 freeway. He is sixteen and already the best (unlicensed) driver I’ve ever ridden...
I WAS A LOS ANGELES METRO VIRGIN

I WAS A LOS ANGELES METRO VIRGIN

I have two cars and four people on my insurance policy, three of which are under the age of 25 and, God help me, one of those is a 16-year-old boy. Yeah. My insurance premium is a million dollars a month. (Note to preschool-applying, college-funding parents of...
9/11 And How it Changed Me

9/11 And How it Changed Me

If we are old enough, we remember that horrible moment in September, 2001. The moment we heard. That morning was no different from any other morning. But then, in an instant, it was. And it changed everything. How did we make sense of it for our children? How do we...

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