I Flunked the Holiday House Tour (Published in “Westport News,” December 2009)

I’ve always had a dicey relationship with Christmas.  In terms of life’s pleasures, its somewhere between magical fantasy and a triathalon.  Dragging a full-grown tree in and out of my home each year, schlepping through endless stores, and hearing loops of Madonna’s ‘Santa Baby’ are slightly more fun than drinking old eggnog.  So last year when … Read more »

“Just One More Thing” (Second Place Winner, Summer Fiction Contest, Connecticut Muse Magazine, 2007)

“Both cops looked to be a few years younger than Susan, maybe in their mid-thirties.  They stood on her doorstep.  The taller one asked if her husband was home and when she said no, he produced a search warrant and asked if they could come in.  “Of course,” she answered. They were big men and … Read more »

Confessions of a Soccer Mom (Published in “Easton Courier,” December 1999)

At the start of each soccer season I take the same vow.  I will cheerfully bring my child to every practice.  I will cheerfully attend every game, no matter how early, no matter how cold and drizzly, no matter how much I’d rather be under the covers.  I’ll cheerfully grin and bear that picture day … Read more »

Why I Like Being a Mom (Published in “County Kids Magazine,” 1992)

I know what you’re thinking.  Here’s another preachy new parent about to tell me how her kid changed her life.  Believe me, I thought the same thing.  When our friends came over, zealous gleams in their eye, laden with babies, diaper bags, strollers, infant seats and other tonnage, my husband and I cringed.   Then something … Read more »