Circling back to Sacramento

Circling back to Sacramento

I spent two years in my early twenties trying to make a life for myself in Sacramento, California. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. I left and never returned there – until today, a few days before my fiftieth birthday. Today I sat with my three year-old son on the patio at a coffeehouse…
Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets”

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets”

“The Secret Life of Pets” claims to answer the age old question, “what does my pet do when I’m away?” The film is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud of “Despicable Me” fame. In this go-round, the two somehow end up evoking the spirit of Pixar’s “Toy Story.” We’re introduced to a well-loved pup named Max (Louis C.K.) and…
Film review: “The BFG”

Film review: “The BFG”

This is the first time we’ve seen Disney collaborate with Steven Spielberg. “The BFG” is a great big film. But, does the noteworthy collaboration deliver on the promise of bringing Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book to the screen? The short answer is: yes. A combination of technology and storytelling successfully builds a world that audiences can delve in to with…
Film review: “Finding  Dory”

Film review: “Finding Dory”

“What would Dory do?” It’s a question Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) asks herself when she loses her way. As a blue tang fish with short-term memory loss, Dory often loses her way. Disney Pixar brings Dory back to the screen after her scene-stealing adventures as a comic sidekick in 2003’s “Finding Nemo.” As sequels go, “Finding Dory” is every bit as…
My kid’s carbon footprint keeps me awake at night

My kid’s carbon footprint keeps me awake at night

We all have a carbon footprint. I’m constantly conscious of mine, but that doesn’t equate to me changing my behavior. If my carbon footprint is significant, my son’s carbon footprint must be gargantuan. I shudder to think of all the pollution and waste he’s single-handedly contributed to the planet in only 42-months. Infants may look harmless and cute, but that’s…
Film Review: “Alice Through The Looking Glass”

Film Review: “Alice Through The Looking Glass”

We last heard from Alice in 2010, when Director Tim Burton dazzled audiences and underwhelmed critics with “Alice in Wonderland,” a 3D film that earned 1-billion dollars worldwide. Will this box office magic happen again with Burton as producer and James Bobin directing? Bobin comes to “Alice Through The Looking Glass” with a couple of Muppet movies under his belt…
Why I write

Why I write

Why do I write about parenting? Why expose my life to scrutiny? It’s my intent to present an unvarnished view of parenthood and life. I realize putting my son’s (and husband’s) name and image out into the world could be problematic. But, online privacy is a myth and the benefits outweigh potential issues. Telling our story is the only way…
The hotel house

The hotel house

There are times when several of the things my son loves align. We call this vacation. Eddie loves air travel, hotels, and elevators. When we travel he gets to experience three of his favorite things. Eddie has improved greatly when it comes to air travel. As an infant in a baby carrier he traveled with few problems. When he turned…
France is coming!

France is coming!

We started prepping my son, Eddie, for the arrival of our international exchange student a week ahead of time. We explained that a young man named Pierre would stay with us for three months. He understood the situation, but our boy insisted on saying, “France is coming!” over and over again. He learned to find France on a map. We…
Vacation Anxiety: Going up?

Vacation Anxiety: Going up?

Vacation can be work. I say that because, for me, vacation brings up issues I need to work on. It starts before we even leave the house. It starts with packing a suitcase. Do I need to take dress up clothes or just casual clothes? Do I need three pair of shoes? Really? I used to be a savvy traveler.…