Chaos Chronicles


10 Things I am Enjoying Today

10 Things I am Enjoying Today

I’m back at the keyboard– after vacation, a  Saturday triathalon of  baggage unloading, grocery shopping and  doing laundry , a big family party on Sunday in honor of my niece Ruthie visiting from NYC, supervising a take home math test for Brookes, and dropping Colin off at the ferry terminal for a week of spring [...]

Help, I washed my son’s iTouch! Advice Needed!

Help, I washed my son’s iTouch! Advice Needed!

Good Friday Morning, Chaos Crew… Drinking coffee, packing up and heading home from Mammoth, after a full day of skiing, mais oui. But I spotted the desperate subject line above  in my e-mail box this morning and thought, “Let’s take this one to the Crew!” So here’s the letter from Lisa… Lian — I’m looking [...]

Staycation Tips, Spring Cleaning and More

Staycation Tips, Spring Cleaning and More

Hi, Chaos Crew… It’s a gorgeous Thursday morning here in Mammoth Lakes, California. Another day of spring skiing is the plan, then packing up and heading home tomorrow. But there are a couple of links I wanted to let you know about Sell it, Mom! Marketing staycation is your job! Staycation Tips at makinglifebetter.com. In [...]

The To Do List for Easter Weekend

The To Do List for Easter Weekend

Hello, all… I  thought about working up my usual to do list, but then I looked outside at my garden. It made the trip to the smog check,  the registering the car at AAA, the packing and loading of the mini-van for our ski vacation and the dishes in the sink seems pretty small. So [...]

Customer Service As a Family Value, Part Deux

Customer Service As a Family Value, Part Deux

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to activate my parenting! That’s right, people. I had a situation at home and I  saw the opportunity to teach my son about one of my closely held values: Customer service is a right, not a privilege. To get background  details  and read the whole story, go to Customer [...]

Sibling Rivalry? Get Some Boxing Gloves

Sibling Rivalry? Get Some Boxing Gloves

Old Skool Parenting Strategy for Sibling Rivalry I cracked myself up today, which, as you all know, happens to  me all the time at CCHQ.  This afternoon, while I was working on an advice column about sibling rivalry for makinglifebetter.com, I thought about a “parenting strategy” my mom and dad used for taking care of [...]

Yes! I Sold my Novel! Helen of Pasadena coming November 2010!

Yes! I Sold my Novel! Helen of Pasadena coming November 2010!

I am thrilled to announce that I have sold my first novel. Helen of Pasadena will be published on November 1, 2010 by Prospect Park Books. Woo-hoo! What’s it about you ask? Here’s a brief synopsis: Helen Fairchild,  is leading a privileged Pasadena existence: married to a pillar of the community; raising a water polo- [...]

Join me in Rethinking Institutionalized Snacking

Join me in Rethinking Institutionalized Snacking

Can one cookie make a diffrence? Yes. Chaos Crew, you know that I have been working on my anti-snack platform for quite a while.  I was inspired by Newsweek’s Magazines cover story on childhood obesity to formalize my view.  Today, in a new column at oprah.com, I launch my anti-snack platform as part of my [...]

Let Kate Gosslin Dance! She’s has 8 kids to support!

Let Kate Gosslin Dance! She’s has 8 kids to support!

Please don't make me go home and face all those kids! There, I said it. I think everyone needs to back-off reality TV personality ( I refuse to follow the words “reality TV” with the words “star” or “celebrity”) Kate Gosselin for taking a gig on Dancing With The Stars. She is a single mom [...]

Monday Morning To Do List

Monday Morning To Do List

How did it get to be Monday already? The weekend passed in a vortex of youth sports and laundry. Now, my husband is out of town again, the calendar is packed with activities and carpools and I have a zillion work things to accomplish this week.  Feels like I need a Monday Morning To Do [...]