Category Archives: Family

Throwback Thursday: Our Son Max

Call me a terrible mother. Max was ten weeks old the first time I left him alone. I had to pee and didn’t want to carry 10+ pounds of baby up the stairs to the bathroom with me. I left him … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Growing Up in Coal Country

I was born in Western Pennsylvania. I was a coal country kid, born and bred. In the photo above, I’m sitting on the back steps of our rental home in Miller Shaft. I got to play outside every nice day while my … Continue reading

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Sewing: A Life-Changing Way to Create Practical Beauty

I think that the single greatest gift my Mom nurtured in me was my interest in sewing. My desire to make my own clothes, to create practical beauty, if you will.  The year she sent me to sewing school (was I even in … Continue reading

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Hand-Crafted Felt Christmas Stockings for Gift Cards

Now that our kids are young adults, they and their cousins often request gift cards and/or cash as their Christmas gifts. Now that’s super easy, right? But I wanted to add a little personal touch to their gifts this year. So … Continue reading

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How Many Snedens Does It Take to Hang a Mirror?

From the beginning the mirror was a challenge: It was difficult to find a mirror that measured 3′ x 4′. And once we did find one the sales staff was flummoxed as to how to wrap the mirror so we could safely transport … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts: Shaved, Sauteed & Delish

My Mom and I were in Ohio recently visiting her brother and his wife. My Uncle Chester and Aunt Shirley are great relatives. They are adventurers who love to visit new places, do things just for the fun of them and … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel

My latest essay, “Help with the Laundry,” appears in

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Building Confidence: One Conversation at a Time

I received a series of text messages from my son Max the other day. My husband Mike and I love it when our kids share their lives with us. It’s a real joy to celebrate their life moments — big and small. … Continue reading

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Pioneer Woman’s Flat Apple Pie, with a Jersey Twist or Two

I don’t feed cowboys or hungry (young) kids like Ree Drummond, aka  The Pioneer Woman, nor do I live in the open countryside known as Oklahoma. Nope. I feed regular people of all ages here at my home in northern New Jersey. … Continue reading

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Softball Equipment: What Every Parent Needs

Yes, my darling daughter (DD) played fast pitch softball practically her entire life (she’s twenty now), and during that time, I learned (mostly through trial and error) the best equipment for her and me. That’s right, parents. If you want … Continue reading

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