Why the Library is Our Happy Place

My kids are voracious readers — especially my youngest. On any given day, we’ll find her curled up with a book in her lair (a hallway closet outfitted with a kid-sized cot). When my daughters were little, on days I managed to get us out the door without an...

Thankful

Much of my writing focuses on my late mother and how close we were. But this week, while talking with my dad on the phone, I realized how thankful I am for him. “You know, I was just thinking about you,” he said when I called. “Really?” I asked....

A No-Nonsense Approach to Morning Crankiness

If you feel groggy and irritable first thing in the morning, there’s a scientific reason why. It’s called sleep inertia, which is basically “a transitional period of grogginess” that affects you right after you wake up. This feeling can last anywhere from five to 20 minutes, but it sometimes...

Savoring Summer

This week, as the kids received long-awaited classroom assignments and bus drivers practiced their routes through our neighborhood, all I could think was: Hold on a minute, wasn’t summer just getting started? Like the cliffhanger episodes of your favorite Netflix series, the big highlights of our summer all seemed to...