Chaos Chronicles


Beyond the Tiger Mother: Create Your Own Controversial Animal Mom Role Model!

Beyond the Tiger Mother: Create Your Own Controversial Animal Mom Role Model!

Yes, yes, we’re all know about Tigers Moms, thanks to Amy Chua and the Wall Street Journal. If you’re like me, you like the idea of having an Animal Mom Persona, but the Tiger Mom way is simply not your style. Maybe you couldn’t care less about your child’s string instrument mastery.  No worries, the [...]

Crossing Over

Crossing Over

Today, I crossed over. No, people, I’m not dead. (But the next life phase may kill me!) I am officially a Mother of Teenagers. ONLY teenagers.  No babies, toddlers, little guys. Colin, my little ground hog, turns 13 today. Goodbye, Tweens. Hello, All Teens All the Time! I started to feel a touch wistful yesterday, [...]

My New Chaos Motto: It’s All Material!

My New Chaos Motto: It’s All Material!

Good Monday Morning, Chaos Crew. I have a new motto when it comes to managing my work/life schedule: it’s all material! When you write and talk about your Chaotic life on a daily basis, there’s a relief knowing that a week like last week,  one requiring full focus and  limited sleep, can somehow be used [...]

Helen of Pasadena on the Manic Mommies Book Club: Podcast or Audio Online!

Helen of Pasadena on the Manic Mommies Book Club: Podcast or Audio Online!

One of the great joys of being out and about with Helen of Pasadena is being on the other side of the microphone, so to speak. As most of you know, I enjoy talking. But usually, I am the one doing the prep work and the producing and eventually the questioning. After a series of [...]

Chaos Chronicles 401: Tiger Mothers, Family Game Night and other threats to American Children

Chaos Chronicles 401: Tiger Mothers, Family Game Night and other threats to American Children

Hi all.. Welcome to Season 4 of the Chaos Chronicles podcast! Thanks for hanging in there with me. I appreciate your  support, as always. I’m looking forward to another season of shows on modern motherhood and everything else that is involved in living a Chaotic Life! If there is one thing I have learned about [...]

Lian’s To Do List for Friday January 14th

Lian’s To Do List for Friday January 14th

Will I need the fake tan and the gold dust again to go to the Gracies in 2011? Time will tell. Hello, Chaos Crew… I am multi-tasking: writing my To Do List and listening to some Satellite Sisters and Chaos Chronicles podcasts for possible Gracies entries. If you haven’t listened to the Satellite  Sisters podcast [...]

Lives Lost in Tucson

Lives Lost in Tucson

Like many of you, I’m sure, the more I read about the victims of the shooting in Tuscon, the more senseless this act of violence becomes. Further proof that gun violence does not discriminate: a nine year- old  girl just elected to her student council;  a judge and father;  an enthusiastic congressional aide engaged to [...]

Let’s Dance: Lian Dolan’s To Do List for 2011

Let’s Dance: Lian Dolan’s To Do List for 2011

Let's Dance in 2011 Last year’s strategy of branding my annual To Do List really worked out for me, so I am trying to again. This year, my rallying cry is going to be “Let’s Dance.” To me, Let’s Dance conjures up motion, engagement and creativity. It’s a phrase that’s both positive and uplifting. And, [...]

Happy New Year, Chaos Crew! And cheers to you, my BFF, J.Jill!

Happy New Year, Chaos Crew! And cheers to you, my BFF, J.Jill!

I feel like it’s the last day of summer camp. We’ve sung the songs, we’ve lit our memory candles and tonight we’re going to push our beds together in the middle of the cabin and cry ourselves to sleep. That’s because it’s time to say  good-bye for now to my BFF, J.Jill. Two of the [...]

An Insider’s Guide to The Rose Parade and The Rose Bowl

An Insider’s Guide to The Rose Parade and The Rose Bowl

Wave to the Queen! She'll wave back! The Rose Bowl: A Classic. Here Come the Badgers! Here Come the Horned Frogs! Here Come the Bandies! It’s that time of year again in Pasadena: Rose Bowl Time. New Year’s Weekend is right around the corner and my in-box has been filled with a unusually high number [...]