The A-A-B-B Rule of Life


A-A-B-B. That 4-letter magic formula will get you to some smart places in life, as good as the A-B-C rule, “Always Be Closing.” A-A-B-B is Avoid, Acceptable, Borrow, or Buy. And we’re not just talking the material world. You can apply A-A-B-B to all areas of your life; people, things, events, situations. You can A-A-B-B [...]

What Your Boss Wants From You


As I’ve gotten older, a strange thing has started happening to me. I’ll be doing my usual daily stuff *coughtwittercough* and suddenly, a long distant part of my life will flash before my eyes. And it’s not good stuff, either. Pretty much memories that make me shudder. Some are bad dating scenarios, crazy girlfriends, wondering [...]

50 Shades of Pay


Money. It brings out the best in all of us. Bring up the subject of money to my spouse and he will pull out the plastic milk crate proudly saved from college, climb aboard, dramatically waving both hands as he details the importance of saving versus spending. It’s not too shocking to find out that [...]

Why I Hate Roundabouts


We stand to lose all time A thousand answers By in our hand Next to your deeper fears we stand Surrounded by million years I’ll be the roundabout The words will make you out ‘n’ out I’ll be the roundabout These words to “Roundabout” by the 70s group Yes make no sense, just like a [...]

First World Closet Problems


For a striking example of First World Problems, I submit, Exhibit A: The Walk-In Closet. More times than I can count, I have stood amidst shameful racks and stacks of clothing, muttering to myself, “I have NOTHING to wear!” Nothing, no thing. No swathe of material that I deem appropriate to place over my body [...]

When the Going Gets Tough, Internet Friends Become Family


I often wonder whether my OB/GYN did a clean enough job of cutting the cord between me and my three sons. Because when they skin their knees, it’s me who winces. When the littlest took a kick to the ankle at soccer last Sunday, it was me who hobbled back to the car. After my [...]

Halloween Safety Tips For The Geriatric Crowd


Finding  yourself more this side of the mountain than that, but still grooving on Halloween? Knowing what grooving means and still feeling me? Then I got you covered, babe, and here’s the slim, Jim, on keeping your bad self contained and constrained–despite those advancing years–this Boo-Season. How To Be Safe on All Hallow’s Eve: 1.  [...]

Joystick Junction


“Welcome to Joystick Junction. I’m your game conductor for today. All aboard the game train! How can I confuse you today?,” so says the 19-year-old 5 foot 11 inch, 147 pound clerk to us as we enter his gaming store, but what we hear instead is “Mumblejumblemumble.” We had come on the day that Mumbler [...]

The Dr. Kubler-Ross App

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Navigating through the game of life, there are circumstances curve-ball thrown at us as if Three Finger Brown himself was facing us on the mound. I’ve had things happen in my life where if you videotaped me at that moment, you’d see a woman walking in circles, covering the same ten feet over and over, [...]

Zen and the Art of Toilet Seat Safety


In my mother’s cream-colored purse of my youth, you would have found something like this: A snap case of EMERGENCY toilet seat covers. Emergency; defined by my mother as any public restroom. I can hear the crinkle of the paper wreaths being pulled out as if it were yesterday. Not a single butt of any [...]

When Reading to Your Kids Goes Awry… er, Wrong


One month before the due date of our first baby, I packed the hospital overnight bags and set them at the front door. I couldn’t zip the bags closed because they were jam packed filled with books–little cardboard readers for little bitty babies. Our plans were for the babies to hit the labor and delivery [...]

Can a Family Car Ever Be Cool?


Car manufacturers hope that if they throw rap songs, heavy metal songs, images of hipster couples with their hipster babies, and the promise of kids subdued into open mouthed drooling because of a drop-down DVD player six inches in front of their face at us, that we’ll finally fall in love with the minivan. That [...]