Leaving Home

My father sat on the porch across the street, refusing to help load the truck while a dozen close friends wrapped, lifted and loaded the collective belongings of my family of four,. I really couldn’t deal with him right then.  He was being ridiculous and I had SO much to do! My mom was helping,…

Women’s March Los Angeles

Yesterday I had the pleasure, the honor and the priveledge to march alongside 750,000 likeminded individuals. There were a massive number of men in attendance, which I found to be both surprising and uplifting. Every race, religion and creed was represented in droves.  I was worried that it would be a “poor me” fest of…

This one goes out to all the lovers…

Fourteen years ago I said “I do” on a stormy Friday the 13th of December. I chose that time of year because The Rock Star travels all summer and as a florist, it would also be my slow season. It’s been wedded bliss ever since! Hahahaha ok, I know you wanna call Bullsh!t! We have…

Holiday Brie en Croute

“To fill the bowl and roll out the banel, Have ourselves a fling!” This is a lyric from one Christmas carol of many about gathering with friends and family to warm our spirits by each other’s fires throughout the holiday season. When we are invited to a party, bringing an appetizer to share is a lovely…

The Art of Losing: A boys football story

If you had told me four years ago that team sports would be a regular and frequent part of my life, I probably would have laughed at you. The Rockstar and I have never been that into sports. Not that we were anti, we just didn’t have it in our lives. That is until my…

Division: An open letter to my sons 

To my dearest boys; I spend my life making choices based on how they will directly impact your lives. From the food you put into your bodies to the way I cast my vote. This election, or as I’d like to refer to it, “the day we went back in time”, is just one example…

Mummy Dogs

It’s hard to get anything that even resembles actual food into your kiddos when Halloween is in full swing. Candy for daaaaaaaaaays, bitches! While this is nowhere near being a healthy meal, it’s a fun way to get a bite of dinner on a special occasion. It’s easy to set these up for the kids…

The Oft Discarded Greif of Friends

This time of year is always hard for me. Today marks three years since I went home to be with my best friend for the last time. She had been declining for a good stretch but we both remained hopeful. At this point in our friendship, we were talking nearly every day. Having moved to…

BOTOX, Boob Jobs and Bullsh!#… Oh My!

She peers into a hand held mirror to freshen up her pale peach lipstick. She squints her eyes and suddenly a frown appears where a smile had been just seconds before. “I need an eye lift… and while he’s at it, maybe I should get my boobs done again, I hate them.” This girl, my…

The Swearing Mom on Podcast Stockton

I was honored to be interviewed on Podcast Stockton. My friends, Matt Beckwith and Greg Bahr are both involved with this Podcast which features Matt as the interviewer and Susan Spraecher as his co-host. They feature Stocktonians with interesting stories and careers and even though I am no longer living in Stockton, I will always…

Muffuletta My Way

One of the perks of living in the greater Los Angeles area is that we are a destination… Well, we’re near the destinations, anyway. Recently I was graced with the presence of a childhood friend, Michelle and her son Ryan. They were on their way to Carlsbad where they were going to wrap up their…

Tomato Corn Pie and a Bohemian Affair

These “pop up” house concerts are very popular right now. Maybe they’ve always been? I seem to be seeing quite a few these days. We were invited to one in Venice this weekend and it was lovely. It was a smallish house that was unassuming from the front but was an absolute burst of color,…