GMS: Guilty Mom Syndrome

The anomaly of “Mom Guilt” is something a non-parent could never understand.  I can’t speak for dads, as all parents have their own dynamic, but for this mom, right here, it’s real AF. We spend so much time plotting and planning for our brood… only to find out that no amount of planning helps you…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

A Villain, a Mom and Two Little Boys

It’s a Friday night like any other. The Rockstar was gigging on the east coast and my sons and I were just coming in from baseball practice. As we walk in the side door, Lucius pushes past me as I juggle the various items that I’m toting home at the end of the week, he…

Prince and My Brother

“Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time But I’m here to tell you There’s something else The after world A world of never ending happiness You can always see the sun, day or night…”  -Prince 1958-2016…

The Rockstar

You’ve seen me use the pet name “The Rockstar” when talking about my husband. It’s funny to me, because at home he’s just Mike or daddy. But for those of you who don’t know, he’s the keyboard player for Smash Mouth and has been for about 20 years. He’s got a solo project that he’s…