Chaos Chronicles


Mom, J.Jill is on the Phone!

Mom, J.Jill is on the Phone!

The other day, I got a surprising message from my tween son Colin. "Mom, J.Jill just called. She wants to talk to you. Here’s her number."And, for one bright, shining moment, I thought J. Jill had called me. Finally! My hero retailer was reaching to me. For relationship advice? For suggestions on the product mix? […]

We plan, God laughs.

We plan, God laughs.

The Yiddish axiom "We plan, God laughs" was never truer than at my house this weekend. I was so full of hope on Friday, looking at a weekend free of youth sports and obligations. 48 hours of family time and good ol’ fashioned fall fun! As you recall from my official To Do list, there […]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 208 is up! And To Do List

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 208 is up! And To Do List

Chaos Chronicles 208 is posted! See the show notes below.But first, My To Do List for today…YES!! No youth sports this weekend. Ah, the freedom. No games, no practices, no endless discussions about playing time! Just 48 hours of nothing! Here’s what’s on my To Do list;Yes, a haircut and highlights! One of the many […]

Check One Off the Grand To Do List

Check One Off the Grand To Do List

No matter what happens tomorrow, the Fates can never take today from me. Today is the day I finished the first draft of my novel. All 378 pages. All 25 chapters. All 91, 233 words. Done.Re- writing starts Monday.But in the meantime, let’s agree that finishing anything is an accomplishment. I’ve never finished a marathon. […]

I Don’t Heart Sesame Street

I Don’t Heart Sesame Street

I’ll just say it: I’m not really crazy about Sesame Street.Oh, that feels good. The 40th anniversary Sesame Street juggernaut has been building for months now and every article I read touting the landmark children’s show only makes me feel more shame. It’s not right to not like Big Bird, but I can explain.Here’s the […]

Mom always liked you best!

Mom always liked you best!

According to a post this week in the New York Times excellent blog The New Old Age, a recent study confirmed what your siblings have probably said to you at one time or another, "Mom always liked you best." Yes, shocked researchers found that mothers in the 65- to- 75 year old age group were […]

A small Ft. Hood memory for today.. and Chaos 207

A small Ft. Hood memory for today.. and Chaos 207

The new podcast is up. Show notes to follow. But first, a quick word..I recorded the show yesterday afternoon as the events at Ft. Hood were unfolding. Like many of you, I was stunned to learn of the mass killing at the army base. And today’s shooting in Orlando only add to the sense of […]

What’s Happening at Chaos Chronicles

What’s Happening at Chaos Chronicles

Hi, Chaos Crew…I have recorded Chaos Chronicles 207. I cover the Yankees, National Novel Writing Month, more health myths busted and marriage tips from the Crew. Plus, my To Do list, inspired by my sister Julie. Whew! I need some time to recover for our parent-teacher conferences tonight. Due to special circumstances, (Don’t worry– everyone’s […]

Holiday Chaos: The Quiet before the Storm

Holiday Chaos: The Quiet before the Storm

Hi, Chaos Crew…A quick post today, as I am in fiction writing mode , trying to take advantage of the momentum of National Novel Writing Month to wrap up my book. Thanks to all the Chaos Crew who sent this in as a suggestion! And, I see that several fellow Chaos Crew members are also […]

The First Marriage vs. My Marriage

The First Marriage vs. My Marriage

The cover story of the New York Times Magazine this week was about The First Marriage. The cover blared: It’s Modern. It’s a Formidable International Brand. And It’s an Ongoing Negotiation."That sounds just like us," I said to my husband, as I flashed the impossibly glamorous cover photo at him early on a Sunday morning. […]