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MARCH 1, 2015 11:39AM

What A Difference A GPA Makes

The arrest of four twenty-somethings for drug dealing isn’t usually national news. In my newspaper, a drug bust is humdrum stuff, buried in the Metro & State section alongside the usual suspects: serial rapists, deadly house fires and the perennially popular Obituaries.

It takes somethingRead full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 2:09PM

Mother Knows Best

As a devoted mother of four I worry constantly about my kids. Are they healthy, are they happy, are they getting good grades, which one is going to be able support me for the rest of my life and how soon is that likely to happen?

I got my answerRead full post »

JANUARY 14, 2015 12:50PM


1 Corinthians 13:4-7New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love doeRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2014 10:32PM

Putting the NO back in Noel

Of all the annoying phrases associated with Christmas - “Better to give than to receive”; “God bless us, Every One”; and “Gifts from the heart are more meaningful than cash” - none is more grating than the ubiquitous, “Let’s put Christ back in ChristmasRead full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 11:12AM

There's A Man On My Couch

It’s cold here in Columbus, Ohio and snowing too. It started yesterday and continued through the night.  This is unusual for November. When I went for a walk last night, I stopped for a moment and stared up at a streetlight.  Its golden glow illuminated the snow’s whispery whiteRead full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 1:00AM

Snapshot from a Marriage

Long before I experienced anything resembling a romantic relationship, I’d sometimes wonder what it might take to wreck one. What would be the thing that would damage it beyond repair; the deal-breaker, so to speak.  

Having observed friends’ and families’ sometimes bumpy butRead full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 1:33AM

Ebola? MYbola.

Should I and my fellow Americans be concerned about Ebola?  I feel this is an important question everyone must ask themselves since this latest scourge from God is currently the greatest threat to our way of life and also the future of humanity - but only the parts of humanity thatRead full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2014 5:09PM

What To Do About ISIS

Well he’s done it again.  That wild and crazy guy known as Jihadi John has beheaded yet another innocent, well-intentioned soul.  Alan Henning was in Syria on what he thought was a mission of mercy delivering aid to refugees.

Unfortunately before anyone could come to his aid, he wasRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 12:41AM

Hit Me, Ray

Janay Palmer, currently the most famous person to be kissed by a fist, isn’t the only one who’s been abused by football player Ray Rice.  I too am being battered by the thuggish Baltimore Ravens football player. Pee Wee Rice, who is diminutive in both character and stature (at 5&rsquRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 3:27PM

Joan Rivers Ran Through It

Dying is easy.  Comedy is difficult.  -Edmund Gwenn


Two comedic giants gone in less than a month.   Joan Rivers and Robin Williams.  I hope it’s not true what they say about death happening in threes, and if it is, I hope the third one isn’t another comedRead full post »

AUGUST 17, 2014 12:01PM

Thank Goodness For White Sons

My mother clomped in and out of her bedroom the other night, giving me the latest updates on the events in Ferguson, Missouri. She was angrier each time she came out.

She’s been watching things unfold on CNN (which she alternates with QVC, her other favorite current events go-to station)Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2014 12:42AM

Pore Pore Pitiful Me

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words.  Or in my case, a thousand pores and a pile of money.

Recently I was flipping through the pages of my daughter Mariclaire’s latest beauty and fashion magazine, making fun of all the crazy trends and ads – What a racket! WhoRead full post »

AUGUST 3, 2014 3:36PM


I'm one of the .00001 percent and I'm not ashamed to admit it. This means I belong to an elite group that's deliriously happy for the 1 percent who own me and also most of the country.  Additionally, I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED for anyone else who's more successful than I am.Read full post »

JULY 25, 2014 12:41AM

On Writing. And other stuff.

“Don’t do it for the money because you’ll never get rich and famous being a ________” (complete the sentence with the profession of your choice).

How many times have you heard that phrase (or maybe even said it to someone) regarding a certain career, major or area of interestRead full post »

JULY 18, 2014 3:59AM

The Kochtopus and the Bank

So, the U.S. Ex-Im Bank.

I’ve already waded into deep water here; it’s lapping at my neck and I’ve only written two sentences.

A few days ago, I’d never even heard of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.  Now it’s all I can think about.  Well not really, but every tiRead full post »

JULY 11, 2014 2:12AM

Sex. Drugs. God.

To think that for years, the subjects I most dreaded discussing with my four children were the twin bogeymen sex and drugs.  All along, ‘twas God for whom I should have been honing my mental prowess.

I can’t believe I just wrote that.  Dread!  Mental prowess!  Twas!&nRead full post »

JULY 3, 2014 12:35PM

The Last Shopping Trip

For 11 years I was married to a man with whom I shared a couple of fundamental values.  This is, in my opinion, critical to a successful marriage.  In the case of our marriage these values could be summed up by two places:  The Shoe (aka Ohio Stadium) and Krogers.  HeRead full post »

#1 LET THERE BE LIGHT!  Now all you bitches bow down and stay down ‘til I say get up.

#2 My year… let’s see, Nobel Prize, Best Actress Oscar, honorary Ph.D. in Awesome from Oxford, People’s Most Beautiful Woman,Working Woman’s Mother of the Year, Stephen Hawking/LRead full post »

JUNE 19, 2014 2:06PM

The Shopping Trip Pt. 2

Some of my fondest memories revolve around shopping.  Not clothes shopping or shoe shopping or even Christmas shopping, but food shopping.  When I was pregnant for the first time and took a Lamaze class, the instructor told us to close our eyes and imagine a serene, happy place to focus on,Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2014 5:06AM

The Shopping Trip

It seemed like a simple task, bordering on mindless.  I was out of coffee plus a few other things.  Like cereal.  We have no cereal. Please get us some so we can have our breakfast! This was the woeful entreaty I heard the other morning, made by my two younger childrenRead full post »

JUNE 1, 2014 7:24PM


Last week my 16-year-old son Woody informed me he’d gotten the results of his OGTs.  

OGT stands for Ohio Graduation Test.  High school students in Ohio take it their sophomore year.  It tests their knowledge in all the academic categories Asian students have nailed down by theRead full post »

MAY 23, 2014 10:32PM

Margaret Mary's Baby

When I saw the movie Rosemary’s Baby in the seventies I remember being horrified.  How could a woman love and raise a baby she’d conceived with Satan? The fact that the father was the devil wasn’t even the worst part.  He raped her.  And that wasn’t even the worRead full post »

MAY 16, 2014 12:04PM

The Herd

No one will ever describe me as tech-savvy. Ditto for social media-proficient.

I’m still on the fence about cassette vs. CD.  I haven’t yet figured out how to program my VCR.  Sometimes I accidentally hold my cell phone upside down when I answer it.  Then I end up screaminRead full post »

MAY 9, 2014 10:47AM


On a recent evening at about 10:30 I staggered through my front door after another day of skinning my nose against the grindstone and hurled myself on the family room sofa. I was mentally exhausted after an eight-hour assault on my ears, brain and morale. It had been the usual blitzkriegRead full post »

APRIL 28, 2014 1:22AM

A Taste of the Future

To hear my older daughter tell it, she had a nonstop, sun-drenched, surprise-birthday-pony-party of an upbringing.

This is news to me.  But at least I can breathe easier knowing I don’t have to worry about her writing a damning, Mommy Dearest-type book - unless her three other siblings geRead full post »