In the Mom Lane: Using Your Head!

The other night after dinner, I let Little Man out of his highchair to toddle around the deck. And by toddle, I usually mean: seek and destroy. The everything. On this particular night, he approached the covered electrical outlets. He’s thoroughly entertained by opening and closing them, so I often keep a close eye on him, but allow exploration of…

In the Mom Lane: Tweets and Memes

  I love memes. Ever since the first cat with a pancake (or lime helmet) crossed my screen. Turns out I also love Twitter. And maybe Instagram (I’m still new there). Of late, I’ve stumbled across several Twitter weeklies, events where thousands of writers connect for different writing challenges. Whether sharing lines from a work-in-progress or creating something…

In the Mom Lane: The Mommy and the Coffee Fail (Parts 2 & 3!)

Yesterday morning I poured in water and measured beans into my favorite kitchen appliance: the Grind ‘N’ Brew coffee maker. There’s nothing quote as fabulous as the sound of grinding beans in the morning. Except for maybe the smell of that delicious brew percolating and filling the carafe. Well, it happens that hubby has been collecting…

In the Mom Lane: Race for Warriors

A few weeks back during one my far too frequent trips to the vet, I noticed a poster. “K9 Adventure Race!” it advertised. A local company organized a race at the local police SWAT training facility. Cool. The race is actually part of a fundraiser for an organization, which provides service dogs to wounded and recovering veterans. Interesting race,…

Book Review: Frog and Toad All Year (Lobel)

Frog and Toad All Year Author: Arthur Lobel © 1976 Publisher: Harper & Row Genre: Children’s Books Subgenre: Friendship, Animals, Frog & Toad, Beginner Readers Reviewer: Sara Reviewer: Sara   Synopsis: Four tales of best friends, a frog and a toad, as they share many adventures, meals and holidays through the seasons of the year.…

In the Mom Lane: Burn Boxes, My Boys and Bears…OH MY!

I’ll start this post with a sage piece of unsolicited advice…for EVERYONE. Keep only those things you are comfortable knowing someone else (a child, a spouse, a well-meaning friend, relative or neighbor) may see. If you choose to forego this advice and keep say, a racy picture, a journal, raunchy magazines, some scandalous letters or a…

If We Were Having Coffee…I’d Say Make it Strong

I’d say make it strong…better yet, this week, you might want to add some adult flavoring. If we were having coffee, I’d sit quietly a lot. My smiles would be fewer. I’d struggle mightly against tears and tidal waves of sadness. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you my mother died on Thursday. And I would…