Life As it Is

Holiday Gifts in a Post-Santa Family

There are no longer any children in my immediate family. No bouncing babes to scream as they sit on some creepy Santa’s knee. No toddlers pulling over the adorned tree, as they…

‘Tis the Season for a Brand New Fur Baby…Maybe

Parents tiptoe into the bedroom where their child sleeps toasty warm. With secret agent stealth they place a bow-bedecked basket on the bed and step back. Instantly, the fur ball jumps out,…

The Holiday Season and Actual Family

October rolled through bringing us our beloved pumpkin-spice lattes as well as the roller coaster ride we call the holiday season. The plastic jack-o-lanterns that so recently cluttered store shelves have already…

Swingers Have More Fun…and Better Brains

“My brain can’t think of all these body parts at one time! I need to get rid of my arms,” I complained. My dance teacher, Ashley Perretta, made that here-we-go-again face, and…

Turning the Tide on Plastics

We cannot let the magnitude of the problem cause us to hide our heads in the littered beach sand. Our planet demands our action. Pictures of dead seals caught in plastic netting…

The (Super) Power of the Plate

How your food choices could save the world. When the topic of climate change crops up, most people chime in about their recycling bin overflow, the fuel efficiency of their cars, or…

Putting the Dog into the Dog Days of Summer

Before the advent of summer vacation and air conditioners, the Dog Days were thought to bring all sorts of misery and suffering. According to legend, the seas boiled, food spoiled, people and…

Mainlining Stress

After my doctor told me to cut my stress level or prepare to face life-threatening health problems, I wasn’t shocked or confused. I felt shame. I couldn’t speak but my mind screamed,…

When Cure is Not an Option

There is compassionate help for pet owners facing end-of-life decisions for their pets. Rocky, a 12-year old Labrador mix, enjoys extra hugs and lots of loving every morning, while his best friend,…