Back To School Tips…And Lies I Tell Myself

I will be organized! I will lead my family with a cheery and positive attitude! I will exercise every stinkin’ day. I will not lose my sh** over homework! These are the lies I tell myself every August. It’s tradition. This year, I thought I might find helpful tips to keep me on task. I […]

Read More

Jenette’s Baby (Not Baby) Goes To Kindergarten

TWSS team member, Jenette Jurczyk is sending her oldest to kindergarten. All together now: awwwwwww!   So, here I sit.  Alone in the dark kitchen. The night before the first day of Kindergarten. I have to say, I haven’t given too much thought to the gravity of this moment. I’ve been too busy to sit […]

Read More

The Plight of my Third Child

This photo showed up in my Facebook memories yesterday. I happened to be standing in line to register this girl for high school. The summer this was taken is so clear in my mind. She had two older brothers and a baby sister. The boys needed a lot of wrangling and the baby…well, was the […]

Read More

Field of Dreams

Growing up in small town Indiana afforded me many luxuries.  Say huhwha?  You heard me. Spending last week yukking it up with my sisters- we all invaded the “hometown sister’s” house- made me realize what an influence the landscape of our childhood had on us. While we were busy tending to the business of growing […]

Read More

Crazy Hosta Lady

Some blocks have a “Crazy Cat Lady.”   I am afraid that I may have become our block’s “Crazy Hosta Lady.” I have every kind of hosta you can imagine.  Blue, elephant ear, lime green, green tipped, green striped, white flowering, and purple flowering.  I could be considered a hosta hoarder, really. Many of my […]

Read More

Blackberries and Clothespins

Two things that were constants in my childhood- blackberries and clothespins. My mother, her mother, and her mother’s mother – all southern ladies, passed these traditions down to the next generation. They could make a blackberry cobbler with a shoe. There was always a steady stream of laundry on the line. Looking back, many of […]

Read More

Moving On…Literally

Nineteen years ago, I sat in this same room. I sat on a box in a room full of boxes and thought, “What have we done?” Here I am again, sitting on a box in a room full of boxes asking myself, “What have we done?” This house was the landscape of building our family. […]

Read More


Naked On Healey Street

Everything in life is a balance. Motherhood is no exception.  Balancing my need to provide guidance, structure and love to my children while maintaining all the things that make me me, has been a balancing act.  When I am harping on homework, bedtimes, and OMGBRUSHYOURTEETHALREADY, I still want to have a dance party in the […]

Read More

A Melanoma PSA

I am not ready for this.  At 41, I am not ready to worry about lumps in the breast. I am not ready to worry about friends with heart problems. I am not ready to worry about my friend’s moles.  Yet, I am here.  My generation spent time in tanning beds. We sunbathed with Baby […]

Read More