IN OTHER WORDS | Guest Post on The Good Men Project

Here is an essay from The Good Men Project: Are You Raising Compassionate Boys? JANUARY 8, 2015 BY JENNY KANEVSKY When Jenny Kanevsky’s sons offered her comfort during an illness, she realized she and her husband had instilled compassion. Here’s how they did it. To say I was a reluctant mother is an understatement, and […]


Happy New Year! Thank you so much for reading my blog. In August, I started submitting guest posts to other sites. I have gained followers, yes, but more importantly, community, support, and exposure. Thank you editors, fellow bloggers and readers! In honor of the success, I am sharing my top guest posts for 2014. Coming […]

IN OTHER WORDS | I Ruined Christmas

I’m a little off my game this week, so when, without fanfare, I announced, that there is no Santa, I was not of right mind. I apologize to my children, my husband, and to elves everywhere. Here’s how it went tonight: We sit down to pizza. It’s been a week, husband away, kids pissed off […]

IN OTHER WORDS | The Days Feel Longer Now

Not yet a week into a two week stint with my husband gone for work. The days feel longer now. Yes, it’s getting dark at 5 p.m., yes, I haven’t been feeling well, but it’s his absence that makes it hard. Before he left, the kids had nine days off for Thanksgiving, which is insanity. […]

IN OTHER WORDS | When Our Parents Need More

A care package came for me today. I knew it was coming: a box of old letters, photos, and poetry. When she asked if I wanted it, I was tempted to pass, but I have a little of her save everything gene, and I was curious. She and my stepfather are moving into a retirement […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Giving Thanks to Women Who Blog

<a href=””>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> Since August, when I joined blogging groups, I have met the best women. Great writers, hilarious people, and caring humans. Most of these women I’ve never actually met. We are friends by name, Facebook status and Twitter handle. And I feel loved. These women have got my back. When […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Cats, Cats and More Cats

Monday, I took my two cat-loving children to Austin Pets Alive, our city’s famous no-kill shelter. No, we are not adopting another cat. We already have three. We went to hang out. That is what might save this week. I may do a series of cat posts. And, when did the entire week of Thanksgiving […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Why I Love Family Dinners

1. I don’t care anymore if they eat it. I just put it on the table. Don’t get me wrong, I try to make food my family will enjoy. I just don’t stress anymore. I used to make something adult-ish that my husband would like, and when my kids were young, I made the mistake […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Mom, Can You Make Me A Sandwich?

Twelve years ago I made a person. He was tiny, extremely cute, pooped and cried, and cried, and cried. Yes, I had a baby. He had colic and reflux so I nursed him 24/7 for the first six months. I felt like the walking dead, slept when he slept and eventually at nine months, he […]


So, I’m down with the flu. My family is taking good care of me. Today, I’m posting from Christmas past. It was 2011, our first year with Lucas. Our family puzzle was complete. Sorry I’m short on words. I’ll be back.