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Podcasts! Audio Systems! Books! Tools! Six Things to Like this Father’s Day

Podcasts! Audio Systems! Books! Tools!  Six Things to Like this Father’s Day

Cue the Golf Cliches and the BBQ Aprons! It’s Father’s Day this weekend. Inspired by a couple of male members of the Chaos Crew, I’ve put together a list of gift items and ideas for the men in our lives. Feel free to add your own ideas… Mental Stimulation for Readers: The Book Guys Podcast: […]

Academic Steroids! Sex, Lies & Shopping! Beware Bag Build-up! The New Chaos Chronicles podcast #516

Academic Steroids! Sex, Lies & Shopping! Beware Bag Build-up! The New Chaos Chronicles podcast #516

Sorry, Ryan , you'll have to wait. I have to read this article on kids taking Good Grade Pills. Like a lot of people, I started yesterday off with a cup of coffee, the French Open and the New York Times. My plan was to focus on my man Rafa while flipping through the style […]

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Happy Birthday, Baby!

My son Brookes is 17 today. That make me 17 years into my journey as a mom. Normally, I’m not a big fan of the word “journey”– to new age-y for me– but motherhood definitely qualifies a trip. No doubt it’s an  ongoing series of stops and starts, detours, flat tires, questionable food, questionable directions, […]

Operation Chicken Pox: A Classic Chaos Chronicles about Balancing Work & Motherhood

Operation Chicken Pox: A Classic Chaos Chronicles about Balancing Work & Motherhood

Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Altadena Public library to a wonderful group of volunteers ( and others.) During the question and answer period, a woman asked me about balancing work and motherhood. It’s a question I get almost every time I speak in some form or another, but last night […]

Chaos Chronicles 515: Panini Generation Update; Olympic Fever; Parenting Average Children

Chaos Chronicles 515: Panini Generation Update; Olympic Fever; Parenting Average Children

How awesome are these Lego Olympians? Alas, available only in the UK. I hope you Brits appreciate the Legos more than you seem to be appreciating London 2012. On the show this week: Chaos Chronicles Podcast 515: Panini Generation Update; Olympic Fever; and Parenting Average Children   The Panini Generation: Living with Alzheimers From the […]

Author Interviews Redux: Claire Cook and Jennifer Egan

Author Interviews Redux: Claire Cook and Jennifer Egan

Two of my author friends are in the news this week. Good for them! Claire Cook is publishing her next novel, Wallflower in Bloom in a  few days.  It arrives on June 5th in hardback and Kindle. Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad  is publishing a new short […]

Home Improvement Tip: Call it Oyster, not Taupe

Home Improvement Tip: Call it Oyster, not Taupe

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the future of The Chaos Chronicles, in the sense that soon, with one son in college and only one son at home, my life would not actually be that Chaotic. Maybe I should transition now to The Calm Chronicles or The Now What Chronicles? Then, last week happened and I […]

Red, White and Blueberry Muffins for Memorial Day

Red, White and Blueberry Muffins for Memorial Day

My schedule got a little chaotic this week. Thanks for  your patience. In return,  how about: MY MOTHER’S UNBELIEVABLE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS 3 ½ c. sifted all-purpose flour 2 T. baking powder ¾ c. sugar Pinch of salt 5 eggs, slightly beaten ½ c. milk 5 oz. unsalted butter, melted and cooled 4 or 5 cups […]

Readers! Book Lovers! What Book would you like to read again for the first time?

Readers! Book Lovers! What Book would you like to read again for the first time?

Sunday night at 9pm, my high school Junior announced the he needed to start The Cather in the Rye on Monday. Did we have a copy, he asked.  Thanks for the head’s up! Fortunately, we have a bookshelf filled with Classics We Read in High School and College. Moneysaver ! I pulled the classic edition […]

Facebook IPO! Donna Summer Celebration! Battleship! Chaos Chronicles Podcast514

Facebook IPO! Donna Summer Celebration! Battleship! Chaos Chronicles Podcast514

On the podcast this week: The Chaos Chronicles: Goodbye and Thank you for all the dishes, Donna Summer News Round-Up: Coffee makes you live longer; Facebook IPO; John Edwards Trial Advice for Getting through Graduations, from Pre-school to College To Do List: Battleship & Barefoot Contessa   Related Links: Want to see/hear a few pages […]