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06.19.20: From the so- called desk of…

…Helen. What’s Up With Father’s Day? This has been bothering me for years. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but when I shop for Mother’s Day cards the choices are endless, but when it comes to Father’s Day cards, clearly dads are…

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Don’t Stop Believin’

Did anyone notice that all my blogs have been named after Journey song titles?  Did you forget that I said in February that the person who guessed first gets to take the first dive into the Piper pool?  Come on, people.  Hello? Is anyone…

Of A Lifetime

So we’re moving this weekend.  Whenever I tell someone that, they give me a look of sympathy and say, “oh god, good luck.”  Moving is a huge chore, as we all know, but this is the first time we’re moving when the kid is…

After all these years…

Summertime summertime, sum, sum, summertime… Feels like it’s in full swing now, am I right? The kid is on week two of camp and said to me this morning, “Am I going to have any days when I’m not at camp?” I reminded him…

Homemade Love

This one is for the dads. My own dad (lovingly) called me Wingnut.  Among other things, he taught me to parallel park and drive a stick, cook scrambled eggs, and maintain a sense of humor.  Particularly in hard times.  When I was a wild-ish…

Keep on Runnin’

For us grown-ups, Memorial Day weekend is an annual Rite of Passage. A bridge between almost summer and summer for real.  I still remember the feeling I had as a kid when Memorial Day weekend came – when summer vacation was just a tiny…

Castles Burning

I’m just going to come clean right off the bat. I write to you this afternoon with a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc beside me. I know, I know, it’s early. I usually wait until a respectable 5pm (thanks mom), but today, I just…

Be Good To Yourself

This morning, out of the blue, my kid said, “Mom, you know what we should do for Mother’s Day? We should go to London.” Ya know, I think the kid is onto something. I explained that it’s quite a long flight and he shrugged…

Tips for avoiding traffic during Obama’s LA visit…

Here are some specifics to help you (fingers crossed) avoid some of the inevitable traffic snarls that may come with Obama’s visit to LA today and tomorrow. May the force be with you. Try to steer clear of these areas: Wednesday, May 7: The…