My mother and sister got my children an amazing Christmas present this past year: a new playhouse for the backyard. Only caveat – the playhouse would need to be constructed.
Since I have now managed to construct said playhouse all on my own (with only minimal help from the 3- and 6-year-olds), I thought I’d share [...]
The last 18 months of my life have brought many, many changes, most completely unexpected. Clearly, the largest of these was my divorce…and the financial changes that come with such a transition. I was very fortunate in having an ex-husband who allowed me to keep the family home without a fight, but keeping the home [...]
I read somewhere that we, as mothers, should make darn sure we celebrate ourselves this Mother’s Day. That we shouldn’t turn away from the gifts or the lavish meals, that we should instead luxuriate in them and darn well enjoy ourselves.
So I intend to, as much as I can. With or without gifts. Because, [...]
I have a friend, someone I would like to think of as a close friend. She’s an incredibly vibrant person, always has a snappy response, and has an amazing personality that could never be duplicated. She is intelligent, educated and employed at one of the best universities in the country. She is [...]
With all the turmoil in my life over the past year, it is incredibly easy (and common) for me to forget how good a life I actually do have.
My life is clearly not perfect, and I do not have everything I would ever desire, but sometimes that’s ok. As we like to tell our [...]
February is the month of love. A time for romance and engagements and marriages.
I want to talk about divorce. But I promise I don’t want ot ruin the mood of the month. I want to expand on it.
You see, it’s without a doubt that most of us enter marriage in love and blissfully [...]
“Who wins?” my good friend asked her husband a year when she relayed to him my story and probable divorce. “Penney is the right answer,” she said, without waiting for his reply.
I was happy to have her tell me that, happy thinking at least I would have friends through this very trying
time. And [...]
I recently volunteered to talk on a panel of women for the career night at UM’s collegiate Sigma Kappa
chapter. I admit I did so slightly reluctantly, in part because the changes in my life have left me with much less time with my children and every minute is even that much more precious to [...]
I’m living without a partner for the first time in seven years and finding myself, as expected, feeling horribly alone.
Which has made me wonder; what is it that makes us need another adult in our vicinity to feel our life is complete? What is it that makes me feel so lonely even though I have the [...]
As the beginning of the new school year approaches, it has dawned on me as suddenly as a summer thunderstorm that I don’t just need to get my children back into their routine, but that I need to get them back into their lives.
You see, at the beginning of Kindergarten last September, I [...]
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