Motherhood, Round Two

The challenges of being a mother of teens when you are close to retirement are beautifully terrifying. Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash I am a second time around mom. I have a grown daughter and I been a stepmom too. Four years ago I married a man who waited until his mid-thirties to have children.Continue reading “Motherhood, Round Two”

The Lingering Damage of Drug Abuse

A mother and daughter’s memories of an abusive past haunt their adult relationship. My marriage to an addict lasted twenty-four years. Many factors go into a marriage. As my mom says, “Takes two to make it or break it.” My marriage broke and so did I. It took years of healing to realize just howContinue reading “The Lingering Damage of Drug Abuse”

Don’t Use the Good Dishes

Photo by Jasmin Schreiber on Unsplash Let’s pretend it is Thanksgiving Day and the turkey is in the oven. Your house is smelling like heaven to a starving man. All your family is there, well the ones you like anyway. Your job is to set the table. Do you get the regular dishes out or theContinue reading “Don’t Use the Good Dishes”

Kids These Days

Every generation has its version of this complaint. For my grandparents, it was, “Kids these days don’t know what love is” when my parents were part of the free love hippie sixties. For my mom and dad, it was, “Fashion? We had to wear homemade clothes. Music? We had to listen to one radio station.Continue reading “Kids These Days”

Complacency is a Killer

Did you ever run into a friend whom you haven’t seen in a long time and wonder what happened? You know the one. The one who you did everything with and were even maybe contemplating spending forever with, yeah that one. What did you say the last time you saw them? There are a millionContinue reading “Complacency is a Killer”

Be in The Moment, I dare you.

I have read and I have written articles about the absence of conscience with the epidemic of personal device use. We as a society are living virtual lives that often look better than reality. With the recent craze of the FaceApp adding to the obsession of what we look like, Narcissus would be so proudContinue reading “Be in The Moment, I dare you.”

To all the Women who Let Him Go

Thank you. Thank you for walking out of his life. You thought you would be better without him so you left and moved on. Thank you for casting him off as if he were last year’s fashion. Because you sent him packing, he found me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to love him.Continue reading “To all the Women who Let Him Go”

A Step Mother’s Manifesto

This is in part a public promise to my family and a soapbox stand for anyone who wants the right to love your spouse’s children. Why is it that the stepmother is portrayed as the evil one in the fairy tale? That is often the furthest from the truth of reality. Most stepmothers want onlyContinue reading “A Step Mother’s Manifesto”