A Stranger Shares Her Story: A Most Unexpected Gift

I’m lousy at returning unwanted purchases to the store.  The search for the receipt, the desperately hoping you made it to the store within the return period, the standing in line just to admit defeat:  you bought something you didn’t want/couldn’t use/wasn’t as you expected.  You made a mistake and now you were standing in […]

I Smell Presents! Why Birthday Traditions Matter More than Ever

Like many traditions, I don’t remember when this one started. It was at least 10 years ago, though it could have been longer. I have a foggy memory of wanting to slow down the unwrapping of birthday gifts to make the sensation last a little bit longer, though maybe it was because my kids had […]

Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts to Delight Your Dad

Father. Pops. Daddy-O. Daddy. Dad. Guy who lent me $20 so I could go to the dance with my friends. Whatever you call the special man in your life, get him something special this Father’s Day.  After all, of all the men in this world, he’s lucky enough to have YOU for a kid.    

This Father’s Day: Ask Dad and Listen to What He Says

“An idea is the one gift that you can hang onto even after you’ve given it away.” –TED Radio Hour I have a confession to make.  I am addicted to National Public Radio (NPR). From “Morning Edition” to “This American Life” to “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”  I can’t get enough.  NPR is the first station I […]

TOP 10 Graduation Gift Ideas

Though graduates come in all shapes & sizes, they all share one thing in common:  they are about to begin the next chapter of their life. Yes, you could just get a card, throw some cash in and call it done.  But think how much more special the gift could be if you add a bit of […]

Graduations: Bookmarks in the Stories of Our Lives

A friend’s daughter is graduating from 8th grade next week.  As I asked her details about the event, she quickly corrected me and said, “It’s not graduation.  It’s promotion.” [Promotion?!  How could someone who has never even had a job be ‘promoted’?] She told me her mani/pedi plans, proudly showed me the dress she felt like a princess […]

An Updated Definition of Mother in Time for Mother’s Day

I had a giant letdown this morning. I looked up the word “mother” in the dictionary and the definition was a “female parent.” THAT’S IT???? I’d like to offer up a more accurate description: “An amazing woman who happily and willingly puts her children first. Exact responsibilities may vary, but are likely to include: -An […]

The Four Easy Steps to an Awesome Mother’s Day Gift

Mom!  The woman to whom you so owe so much…who you have known your whole entire life…who you have absolutely NO idea what to get for Mother’s Day! Never fear, help is here!   🙂 If you want a Mother’s Day gift that will really make her smile, you can accomplish that in four easy […]

Just Do It with a Mother’s Day Gift

Groaning about having to get a Mother’s Day gift?  Struggling with what to write in the card?   Several years ago, I had the opportunity to hear legendary newscaster Brian Williams ask three of the most influential men in the world a simple question, “Who is your role model?”   The man who co-founded the largest shoe […]