• Family,  Parenting

    Time in a Bottle, Indeed

    This week you may have seen circulating around Facebook this post: 1) Find out the song that was #1 the week you were born. 2) Find that song on YouTube. 3) Post that video on your wall without shame. Most ironically, it’s my birthday week, more specifically, my birthday DAY, so I decided to search out my birthday week song. This is what my Google search yielded on YouTube: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBWDHyAct4w] The interesting thing about this song, which was written by Jim Croce for his young son and originally released in 1972, is that it was re-released after Croce’s death in September 1973, at the age of 30, in a plane…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Thoughts on love and loss

    I’ve been wondering all day whether or not to write this.  And if so, what to say.  Because, when it comes to loss, what is there to say, really? In life, there is love and there is loss.  And a lot of other stuff in between.  I can only hope that you have all been blessed with love, in some form or another.  Loss, on the other hand, death, to be precise, is the one thing to which none of us is immune.  We will all be affected by the loss of a loved one, or touched by the passing of someone special, at some point in our lives; often,…

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    Family,  Kids,  Parenting

    All About Lice & How to Get Rid of It: The 2016 Update

    Lice. There, I said it. Lice, lice, lice, lice, lice. Are you squirming and uncomfortable? Feeling itchy all of a sudden? Got your attention, though, didn’t I? Got my attention, too. In a horrible, no good, very bad way. I admit that my second reaction (the first being to quell the urge to vomit) to seeing bugs crawling in my daughter’s hair was completely selfish: “Why is this happening to me?”, especially on a night when my husband wasn’t due home for hours and I had a full evening of kids and work lined up. Then I realized that this wasn’t happening to me, it was happening to my eight-year-old daughter, who, I must say, has…

  • Family,  Kids,  Parenting

    Heart of the matter

    Today a woman I’ve never met, Heather, and her family had to say good bye to one of their three children. She and her husband have three sons. Their three year-old son, Zack, himself a twin, diagnosed with genetic deletion, a congenital heart defect and global delay, faced an uphill battle from the moment he was born. But today will be the biggest challenge his family will face, one that, as a mother of four, including twins, I could not fathom. You can read about Zack’s journey here. I am familiar with Heather’s, and therefore Zack’s, story for two reasons. First is through the world of Twitter, which has exploded…