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Thank you -- it's as simple as that

It’s as simple as that

Subscriber onlyI glanced around my office this morning and realized that, if I have a decorating motif in this messy place, it must revolve around words. They're everywhere. Continue reading...

Rockwood Files: Up against the wall

Road construction offers life lesson

Subscriber onlyThe interstate that connects my town to neighboring cities is under construction. It's going from two lanes to a much-needed three. But during the road's growing pains, construction workers have erected a concrete wall that runs along the left-hand side of the road, right next to the yellow boundary line. And that wall? It scares me. Continue reading...

Window of opportunity: To cut or not to cut? That is the question

To cut or not to cut? That is the question

Subscriber onlyOnce every six weeks or so, a woman has a certain window of opportunity that makes her feel as if she's on the verge of greatness -- like anything could happen. The window opens about 10 minutes before a haircut appointment. And for those 10 minutes, we women flirt with the idea of doing something crazy. Continue reading...

Top three: Mother shares her research on parental behavior

Mother shares her research on parental behavior

Subscriber onlyToday, I'm sharing important research I've compiled here in the parenting trenches that might help my fellow parents gain more insight into why we're so annoying. Continue reading...

Thoughts on waking (in five-minute intervals)

Morning people just won’t understand

Subscriber onlyNo ... no, no, no. What is that awful sound? Oh, I hate that sound. Why did I pick that sound for my iPhone alarm app? I'm definitely changing that sound option later today. The "crystals" alarm tone sounded so pretty when I chose it, but clearly, I was deluded. Crystals are bad. I hate them. Go away, crystals. I'll get up in five minutes. (Tap to snooze.) Continue reading...

Pass the superpowers, please

Mom imagines a different world

Subscriber onlySuperheroes are hot right now. They score big at the box office. They're piling up on prime time TV, and you'll see plenty of little caped crusaders ringing your doorbell this Halloween. (It's common knowledge that superheroes need Skittles and Snickers to fuel their superpowers.) Continue reading...

Coming home to joy

Mom shares lessons about tidying up

Subscriber onlyThe only thing worse than the end of a vacation is coming home to a messy house. That’s why I consistently frustrate Tom and the kids each year when I refuse to leave for vacation without all of us pitching in to straighten up the house first. Continue reading...

On the road again

‘Call me during your layover’

Subscriber onlyWell, that was a first. I just finished a conversation with my husband and there was 30,000 feet of vertical space between us at the time. Using the plane's Wi-Fi connection -- which they charge you for, of course -- he texted me from a flight headed for... somewhere. He probably told me, but I've already forgotten. Chicago? D.C.? It might be one of those. At some point, all the itineraries start to blur together. Continue reading...

No mood for rude

Writer faces an internal struggle

Subscriber onlyPeople are rude. Continue reading...

Calendar doesn't lie

Show me your appointments, I’ll show you mine

Subscriber onlyI typed the appointment time into my smartphone calendar app and then frowned down at the glowing screen. I was beginning to see a pattern, and I didn't like it. Continue reading...

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