An Imaginary Friend In Need Is An Imaginary Friend Indeed

I was dead certain that it was just my daughter and me in the house that one summer day in 2010 when I started to hear my daughter talking to someone in her bedroom.  I was pumped up and ready to put my feeble martial arts skills to use as the … [Continue reading]

On Water Heaters: Repair and Care

After a long day in the office, nothing appeals more to me than the thought of spending an hour or two at a spa.   But my lack of finances dictate otherwise, so what I do instead is take a hot shower when I get home from work.  That’s why the water … [Continue reading]

Domestic Violence: When It’s Time to Take Action

If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s those forwarded chain-letter type text messages.  Whenever I receive one, I just go right ahead and delete it.  But yesterday, for some reason, I took the time to read one of those messages from an old … [Continue reading]

Bless You, Electronic Cigarettes!

I must admit that I was a bit saddened by the news about Katie Holmes’ and Tom Cruise’s divorce, but my mood quickly spiraled back up when I got this remarkable news from Mr. Significant Other: he said he has quit smoking for good! I can hardly … [Continue reading]

Fine Linens are a Girl’s Best Friend

For lack of anything better to do on a Sunday morning, I took a trip to the eye, nose and throat doctor to have my sinuses checked. I’ve had this stubborn cold for three weeks now, and it’s driving me close to insanity. So, after Mr. Handsome Doctor … [Continue reading]

When Timeouts Don’t Work

Show me a parent who has never pulled his or her hair out of sheer frustration with disciplining the kids, and I’ll show you a towering T-rex in a tuxedo.  We’ve all racked our brains out in trying to come up with an effective way to get our kids to … [Continue reading]

The Koan Which Stumped Me

“What is the sound of one hand clapping?”  That’s one koan which has stuck to me since college.  A koan is defined as a paradox which Buddhist monks are trained to meditate upon, in order to train them to abandon all reason as they gain … [Continue reading]

Psychic Readings: The Way to a Harmonious Home

Back in high school, I remember making it a morning habit to quickly jump to the entertainment section of the daily newspaper and skim through my daily horoscope.  I wasn’t one to really “live by the horoscope”.  It was all for entertainment … [Continue reading]

How to Help Your Kids Love School

You heave a huge sigh of relief as your little one finally boards the school bus and embarks on yet another school day adventure.  You plop yourself firmly on the couch, thankful that you have survived another morning-rush-turned-power-struggle with … [Continue reading]

TAFKAP: The Artist Formerly Known As Pepper

Betcha by golly wow, I am not a perfect person!  There are close to a thousand and one things I’d like to change about myself.  Sure, we always say, “We’re only human!” but is there anything wrong with striving for perfection- or at least, … [Continue reading]