Category Mothers

Happy 20th Birthday to my Mother

I want to take this opportunity to wish a happy 20th birthday to my mother. Yes, this is a problematic statement, given that it makes her significantly younger than I am, but hey–SHE’S the Birthday Girl, SHE gets to choose her age. (I like her philosophy and plan to run with it whenever my own […]

Cannibal Bunny Mama

I’ve long been justifying the distinctly unkempt state of my flower and vegetable gardens by calling them “wildlife refuges.” Lame as it is, my justification was proven accurate when, a few weeks ago, my husband Paul discovered four adorable baby bunnies nestled in the flower garden. He called me over, and my heart was warmed […]

Good Grief

A couple of months ago, Ellen Stimson’s publicist contacted me about reviewing an advance copy of her upcoming book, Good Grief. (Apparently, she’d seen my review of Stimson’s first book, Mud Season, on Goodreads back when I was motivated enough to actually write reviews instead of just rating books with stars.) It took me quite […]


I’ve already written one Homage to my Mother, but I think she deserves a second one. She spent so many years doing all the thankless tasks of motherhood—feeding, diapering, cleaning, dressing, etc.—that she more than deserves a break now that I’ve long been an official adult. Even so, she’s proven time and time again that […]