My Dear Vaneschewitz, I’m writing to thank you, with all my heart, for seven years of faithful service, and to say goodbye. You brought our youngest son home from the hospital. You endured the unglamorous rigors of carpool duty, from one-year-old preschool to third grade and then some. You helped me say goodbye to our  […]

UPDATE: Here are our awesome mad libs! It’s World Book Day! Time to hang up your book stockings and gather round the old book tree for songs and presents, which are of course ALL BOOKS… Okay, is it just me or does that sound like the best holiday ever? I am celebrating World Book Day  […]

Early April is gorgeous in Georgia, if you can see it through your watering eyes from all the pollen… Okay, I know some of you are still experiencing bitter cold, so I’ll try not to complain about the fact that I’m pretty sure the insides of my lungs look like the fuzzy fabric on the  […]

In keeping with my post-Oscars tradition, I thought I’d do a quick post to wrap up last night’s festivities, and share some pictures from our annual spread of food puns. It was s different gathering than usual, since my long-time Oscar buddy Rob and his beautiful wife Tiffany were busy having their first evening home  […]

It’s Oscar Week! I am super excited. We managed to stream both Lady Bird and Get Out over the weekend. Both are wonderful in their own ways, with brilliant acting and directing. But I have to say that Get Out will be giving me chills for weeks. The alternate ending is worth watching, too, if  […]

There’s a spot on the couch with my name on it right now, y’all. The Olympics are here, AND the Oscars are coming! It’s funny, I’m not exactly a film nerd, and never have been. I know this, in part, because I dated a film nerd in college, and there’s no one who can help  […]

A couple of weeks ago on my Facebook page, we played Mad Libs with some excerpts from The Marriage Pact trilogy. It was a ton of fun, and I got to give away Distracted Reader mugs to a few randomly-selected readers who joined in. By coincidence, they all have names that start with “D.” Congratulations  […]

AS ELEANOR ROOSEVELT ONCE SAID… “Write One Email Every Month that Scares You.” Okay, okay. She actually said, “do one thing every day that scares you.” But if Ellie were around today, I think she’d approve of the writing challenge I’ve set myself for 2018. (I also think she might smack me upside the head  […]

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, which means months of planning, consideration and personal/religious reflection will culminate with my children saying, together, their sweet little voices unified in song: “Is this all you got me?” May this be a season of love and light (and reading) for us all! book menorah is complete! we  […]