Starting Fresh, Starting Over

If these quarantine times have offered any value at all, it’s the gift of time. AmIright? (Unless you’re a healthcare or retail worker, or hold any position that has been deemed essential, then you truly are a hero worthy of Tony Stark’s EDITH glasses.) But for the rest of us, we’ve been given the opportunityContinue reading “Starting Fresh, Starting Over”

Why We Don’t Tell Our Kids They Can be Anything They Want

It’s preached everywhere: “Believe, and it will happen.” “Trust and you will find.” “Try and you will succeed.” “You can be anything you want to be and more.” Once you get to a certain age you realize that’s all crap. Because, you know, when I was little, I believed I’d be an astronaut and goContinue reading “Why We Don’t Tell Our Kids They Can be Anything They Want”

Let’s Resolve for a Better 2018 (Yes, 2018)

I think I know why New Year’s resolutions don’t work. It’s because we expect change to be immediate.Like, we plan to lose thirty pounds next year. That’s great, but we’re just now coming out of a candy-crusted, cookie-frosted, eggnog-chugging month. Guys. We can’t go from heavy creamed-based mashed potatoes to carrot juice and Power barsContinue reading “Let’s Resolve for a Better 2018 (Yes, 2018)”

Who’s Your TV Daddy?

Alan Thicke’s passing leaves many of us reminiscing back to calmer, gentler evenings where the family gathered around the TV every night to watch the next installment of their favorite sitcom. And for many families that sitcom was Growing Pains.  I wasn’t as invested in the show as I was others, but I can still hear snapshots of Dr.Continue reading “Who’s Your TV Daddy?”

Breaking the Adult Shell

I marvel at how open kids can be. My two-year-old son, for instance, will just go up to anyone at the park and hug them. The awkwardness never simmers. And my almost three-year-old daughter will become best friends with anyone that has hair the same length as her and smiles. When you’re a parent, youContinue reading “Breaking the Adult Shell”

Is It Worth Being a Conformist?

When did we start to conform? I’ve been trying to rally local foster parents to bring change to the foster program, but the response is usually, “It is what it is.” “There are laws in place for a reason.” “It’ll never change.” (All this despite a poll I did where basically everyone polled was unhappyContinue reading “Is It Worth Being a Conformist?”

What My Three Favorite Movies Have in Common

Pixar and Disney movies aside, I have three ultimate favorite movies that I can’t ever get enough of and they all have one thing in common. Aside from the fact that they’re all based on true stories and were nominated for best picture (one won), there’s an underlying theme that drives stubborn dreamers like me backContinue reading “What My Three Favorite Movies Have in Common”