Maybe Days: Book Review

Author: Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright Illustrator: Alissa Imre Gies Best for kids: in foster care On the cover: Will I live with my parents again? Will I stay with my foster parents forever? For children in foster care, the answer to many questions is often, “maybe.” Maybe Days addresses the questions, feelings, and… Read more »


What a Happy Marriage has that a Crappy Marriage doesn’t

With affair season upon us, it felt appropriate to acknowledge a few of the attributes that truly happy couples have in common. Yes, I’ve worked with domestic violence victims, rape victims, taught classes full of teenagers about healthy relationships and I have a few close friends.  But that’s only part of where I am coming… Read more »


8 Reasons to do whatever you want

I love working with teenagers. They have this view of life that’s bursting with unbridled possibilities. They honest to goodness believe that if they really wanted to, they could be a freaking astronaut. They literally think that if they simply decided that’s what they were meant to do, then they could do it. They fill… Read more »

Thanks McD

Thank You, Poverty

Dear Poverty, Thank you. There are numerous things I know now that I didn’t know until you were breathing down my neck. I needed that breath. You see, I never did understand what my Dad meant when he said things like, “Do you want it or do you need it?” and I never understood why my mom would… Read more »

big molly

Book Review: Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Author/Illustrator: Patty Lovell & David Catrow For Ages: 4 to 8 Best for kids into: new school, new people On the dust jacket: Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bull-frog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always… Read more »


Where much of our courage derives

“I am the best horseback rider in the whole world!” My four-year-old daughter, Ellie said happily as she trotted around the arena. “No. You’re not. You’re new at this and I love that you’re having fun and feeling like a real cowgirl but you’re no where near the best”. I said matter of fact-ly. I… Read more »

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