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Random Thoughts on a American Idol Finale!

Random Thoughts on a American Idol Finale!

Imagine my surprise when, mid-Gracies, Liz turned to me and gave me the “scoop”on the American Idol Finale. Liz revealed that she had been “following the AI Twitter feed all afternoon.” Really? Well, okay Liz does work for Fox and she may actually have a business reason for monitoring the Twitter feed, but still!  Liz [...]

Countdown to the Gracie Awards

Countdown to the Gracie Awards

Thank goodness Christy Turlington will be there to distract other attendees from my slighty- too- casual shoes! As I mentioned on Chaos Chronicles Podcast 414, Liz and I are scheduled to hand out an award at the Gracies this Tuesday. The Gracies are awards given out for excellence in women’s media– TV, radio, digital– by [...]

Weekend To Do List

Weekend To Do List

Happy Weekend, Chaos Crew! I have a lightness of being today, as this is the first weekend in months where I have not had any professional obligations! Yeah. It’s a pleasure to let other family members take center stage this weekend. For more on the end of the Helen of Pasadena book tour and lessons [...]

Random Thoughts on American Idol: The Top Three!

Random Thoughts on American Idol: The Top Three!

Another VCR/Speaking gig  situation at my house, so I  missed the first 45 minutes, which I understand was the Idols pick songs and Haley’s dad playing the gee-tar. So please fill in the blanks. But I tuned in as Scotty was singing the Iovine pick…. so here goes…. Jennifer Lopez’s hair is a miss tonight. She [...]

Chaos Chronicles Archives: Operation Chicken Pox

Chaos Chronicles Archives: Operation Chicken Pox

From the Chaos Chronicles Archives of June 2004. What  strikes me about this piece is how all-consuming the childcare situation is when your kids are little.  And, as my sister Julie once said, ‘Just when you think you have it all in place, it all falls apart.” This week, my seventh grader was “sick” on [...]

Breakfast Menu: a Cup of Coffee and a Shock this morning

Breakfast Menu: a Cup of Coffee and a Shock this morning

Jerk. This morning I sat down with a fresh cup of coffee and the front page of the Los Angeles Times, as  do every day, and there was the stunning headline about former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger having a child out of wedlock with a member of his household staff. In this day and age of [...]

Chaos Chronicles 413: Who is your Childhood Hero?

Chaos Chronicles 413: Who is your Childhood Hero?

Happy Friday, Chaos Crew. As I am writing this post, webmaster Sarah Sweeney is in Las Vegas for the graduation of her sister from Medical School. Mortar Boards Off for Dr. Beth Sweeney, a mom with two kids, 16 & 8, who decided that she really did want to be a doctor after all! And [...]

Letters from a Distant Shore: a memoir about healing, prayer and family

Letters from a Distant Shore: a memoir about healing, prayer and family

To read more about the author and the book, click here. The memoir Letters From a Distant Shore  by Marie Lawson Fiala arrived at my door step in January. I have to admit, when I read the synopsis inside the front flap– tragedy strikes a 13 year-old boy and his mother writes about the grueling [...]

The Sad News about Maria Shriver

The Sad News about Maria Shriver

What a surprise this morning to wake to the announcement that Maria Shriver and her husband of 25 years Arnold Schwarzenegger were separating.  It’s kind of  like hearing the neighbors down the street were breaking up, the couple that always seemed to lead a stimulating, exciting life and still managed to raise grounded children. I [...]

Overalls for All! Lian and her son in matching outfits circa 1995

Overalls for All! Lian and her son in matching outfits circa 1995

Chaos Crew, I had no idea that when I mentioned the Most Embarrassing Mommy & Me Photo on Chaos Chronicles podcast 412 that it would spark a mini-confessional of mothers who also dressed like their sons in matching overalls in a photo. Can we get a collective, “What were we thinking?” Amen. Inspired by Betsy [...]