Five tips for being a successful sports parent 

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What makes a successful sports parent? While at my son’s soccer game on Sunday, – Father’s Day – I saw most parents rooting for their boy’s team and enjoying the game. Also watching the game from the sidelines was a lone ranger-of-a-dad, muttering to himself. His son’s team was losing. The referee made a call […]

Shopping for Coke with my thirteen-year-old


My thirteen-year-old son James is way too big to ride in a shopping cart like he used to when he was three. Plus, shopping with mom is “boring.”  He would prefer to play Xbox or shoot soccer balls in the backyard over walking around the grocery store to buy food.  To my surprise, however, one Saturday when I casually […]

Hope and redemption for Mad Men

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If I were to send a letter to Matthew Weiner – the creator of Mad Men – it would go something like this: Dear Matthew Weiner, Thank you for creating one of the best shows on earth.  I will miss anticipating what’s next in the life of Don Draper and watching the cast of characters evolve and express their […]

Pep Talk


I need a pep talk.  Speaking in front of a large group of people isn’t something I do often. In fact, it’s downright scary. I’ve written about it before in my blog post about the fear of public speaking, which ironically, led me to Listen To Your Mother.  On the eve of “show time,” I am […]