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The first year I lived in New Orleans, I was safely ensconced on the campus of the Baptist seminary in Gentilly.  Everyone else was also new in town and we had a little Mayberry of sorts inside those seminary...

Heart Helper

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When my daughter and her classmates returned to in-person school in October, one of her (and my!) favorite differences from online school was the return of the Classroom Jobs. As I learned over the first few weeks, the jobs...
I won't bore you with the story of a friendship that went sour. I'm not here to convince you that I was right, or that they were wrong. Most of us can admit that at some point we have felt...
We’re Best Friends and Politically Opposite :: How We Maintain Our Views, Sanity and Friendship By: Tara Rosenkranz & Becky Meany Schmalz There are some topics we will intentionally NOT address here because the spirit of this post is not to...
My best friend Maria is 70 years old. That bit of information sometimes comes as a shock to some. She’s older than my mom by almost a decade, and she’s older than me by more than three.  I know it’s an...
Bonus Mom... I have always loved that term. Not the mom that birthed you but the one that got blessed with the opportunity to have you in their lives.  I am a bonus mom. In 2020, being a bonus mom...
I know we all know this, but I'll say it anyway. Mommin' ain't easy. Most days it feels like we're just barely getting by, and honestly, some days that is only because of the love and support of our...
Guest lists for my kids’ birthday parties are always an ever-growing task. There’s the obvious friends' list which includes my kids’ classmates or sports team buddies, and then there’s the understandable family list involving the grandparents, aunts and uncles,...
It is time to go back to work from your maternity leave. Does it make you feel anxious? There are a few questions that you need to address. Especially since a lot has happened while you’ve been gone …...
June 19th, do you know that this day has meaning? Three years ago, I didn’t. I should have, it’s about our culture, our history, it’s a day about freedom. African American Freedom. June 19th also known as Juneteenth, the black...
Are you the kind of person who heeds advice or do you have to learn the lesson the hard way? If you are the latter, we are one in the same, sister. My beyond amazing husband, who is 21...
How F*R*I*E*N*D*S quotes seem to fit perfectly with ADULT LIFE! Warning: (1) if you have never watched FRIENDS, none of this will make sense, and (2) please reach out to me so I can convince you to watch the best...

Dear Co-Worker…

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Dear Co-worker, I miss you... I miss seeing your smiling face every morning as I run in late with my keys falling out of my hand and my bag sliding off my shoulder. I miss going into your office, shutting the door...
Here's the funny thing about opinions: WE ALL HAVE THEM I've always been very opinionated. It's been my best and worst quality for as long as I can remember. It's brought me closer to people, and it's pushed people away....