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Roll with It…Adaptive Living

They say animals adapt to their environment. The butterfly can change its wings to match the foliage. The rabbit can freeze faster than the hounds can hunt. It’s adapt or perish. When I say adapt, I’m not talking metaphysical here. For us it’s literal. Here’s a list of the “adaptive devices” Charlie uses on the regular: Compression suit (picture old lady socks, the kind they recommend for long international flights, only as a full body suit. Spanx

The Magical Mystery Tour

So I was riding the rails on Saturday and had some time to do a little thinking. Yep. Go back. Read it again. I was on a train with Jody. A murder mystery train, no less. The motion-minded thespians visited our car, car 76, and acted out the blood, murder, and mayhem while we cruised across the Tennessee countryside at low speeds. If you get the munchies, soda and large cinnamon rolls are for sale

The Supporting Actor (Sunday Thoughts #9)

GENESIS 6:17,18, 9:12,13 CHAPTER 6 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. CHAPTER 9 12 And God said, “This is the sign of

Top 10 Books on How NOT to Parent

Everybody’s an expert when in comes to parenting. From the woman in the park who tells you your child needs a warmer jacket to the newest parenting book that swears cloth diapers and essential oils are the only way to go. I know you’re not short on advice, so I’m giving you a laugh instead. Here’s my article in magazine sharing my Top 10 Books on How NOT to Parent (new title, via editor’s choice)…  

GIFs for Mom on Valentine’s Day

Because reality is funny and every mom needs a laugh, here’s what a mom’s Valentine’s Day really looks like. My GIFs to you… 5 a.m. When your kids wake up early for no reason. 7 a.m. When you’ve fed and clothed everyone but yourself. 7:15 a.m. When you finally look in the mirror. 8 a.m. When your spouse leaves for work forgetting it’s Valentine’s Day. 11 a.m. When you realize you’re covered in glitter and

How to Be a Kid With Your Kid (and Not Have to Steal Their Coloring Books)

Have you taken a look at kids these days? They’re motoring down the sidewalk in mini BMWs while sipping babyccinos and wearing skinny jeans. Meanwhile, we’re scribbling in adult coloring books in our Ugg booties and Uber-ing it so we don’t have to drive. Sometimes we need to slow it all down and remember our kids are…kids. Take a look at my article in magazine for easy ways to help them reclaim playtime. We all need a

When Life Totals You

The Fishtail Charlie had explosive diarrhea in his car seat and Jody wrecked his car. The two are not linked. Everyone is fine. Charlie is not sick, just a random burst of intestinal activity. Jody is uninjured. It was a solo wreck. Evil Knievel gone wrong. They gave him a huge white pickup truck for his rental. He’s a happy man. But here’s the thing: the car seat and the car are totaled. No amount

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