Grandma Love

This holiday season my life feels less Holly Jolly and more like the tension on the Polar Express. My last final is at 6:00 p.m. on December 22, so Christmas isn't unfolding as usual around here. Everything I accomplish that is not related to my finals and research papers is done on borrowed time. Yesterday…

Book Clubs, Bullies and Bravehearts

Curious indeed that the mother of an 11-year old finds a way to create a faction within a faction, all factions headed by her and her clique. It doesn't ruffle my feathers as much as it could, I tell you this in truth, but it tweeks me just a tad. How it is that my…

The Guise of Injury

My dad's companion of 17 years is leaving him. I'm pissed about it. I'm pissed that I have had to learn about love and marriage under the conditions of both my own and my parents' mistakes, but it has been a burden and a blessing. I have felt the range of emotions only a person…

Academic Angst

Lately, academia has me riled up and beat down at the same time. There is an issue in our home right now with my difficulty finding mental space to do my schoolwork because it's filled with concern about my kids and theirs. My latest is the issue that I strongly support Howard Gardner's theory of…

Keeping it Real

For the past 4 years or so, our family began a tradition of watching a holiday movie in the evening on Thanksgiving. First it was The Polar Express, and since has been Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. My husband and I are fanatics of this movie, so we popped it in figuring most of the…