Comfort

I just left my desk for a few minutes to grab lunch in the kitchen. As I went downstairs I caught a glimpse of the rain and all of the gray outside, and I decided to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich. I was able to cook it exactly the right amount so the bread was...

Listing

Thirty years ago, I worked with a friend whose husband got the opportunity to bring her along on a three-day business trip. His company generously offered to reimburse them for the cost of babysitting, which sealed the deal for her. Knowing two relevant pieces of...

On Being There and Not Being There

One of the hardest things about moving to Knoxville from Chicagoland last year was leaving our sons behind. If you’re new here, don’t worry: we weren’t cruelly abandoning little baby boys. They are now 23 and just shy of 26, and they stayed in the...

What Happens in Vegas

This “Jackpot Bank” is one of my most-prized possessions. While I’m sure thousands were made at the Reno Plastic Manufacturing Company in Sparks, Nevada back in the 1970’s (and I see a few available on eBay today), my grandparents brought only...

Harry and Meghan and Melisa

It’s wedding week and the three of us are so excited! If you’ve been reading for seven years or more, first: thank you! Second, you may remember how I live-blogged the wedding of William and Kate. If you need a refresher or just want to relive the madness...