Pumpkin Day!

One fall Saturday, a hungry and bored couple (newly enamored with Iron Chef and pumpkin coffee) had an idea … That couple was me and my husband back when we had the kid-less luxury to lay around all day and scheme up pastimes. Now Pumpkin Day has stuck. It’s our own made-up holiday, but our … More Pumpkin Day!

To-Do List

Sometimes you just need a to-do list for yourself—not for work or class or the kids or the house or the pets or the spouse. Just for you. Before the holidays descend, I’ve made one for  October. It’s 10 quick and easy things I want to do for myself every day this month. I’m calling … More To-Do List

What Is MS?

What is MS? Turns out it may be this: Curable. Sound too good to be true? Well, if you love someone suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, you might be willing to take the leap of faith, as I have.

Reach Out

Besides my sister Robin, there’s no one in the world I’ve been friends with longer than Amber. And yet, even I had no idea what to say to her when I found out her younger brother had died in a car crash. Four years later, this Castle Heart project finally gave me the nerve to … More Reach Out

How to Apologize

If you ever want to feel really REALLY shitty about yourself: Leave important people out of the obituary. Yes, I’ve done that. Me, the editor. The supposedly thoughtful, sentimental one. And let me tell you, add that feeling to the general crumminess of grief, and you have the perfect recipe for a clammy pit of … More How to Apologize