Month: December 2015

My Pepto and Me: a Love Story

I was introduced to Pepto as a teen who’d consumed too much candy one Halloween.  My mother produced it to silence my whining about frequent trips to the potty.  When I asked what it was, she said, “It’s like concrete for your bottom.”  I pictured my dad with a trowel […]


A houseplant is dying. Tell it why it needs to live.

The next suggestion from the “642 things…” book (see title above): Hey.  You in the green.  Drink something.  Stand up straight.  Quit showing your roots.  Have some self-respect.  Listen to me for a minute. You’re privileged.  You sit in a window near the back door, in a room full of […]


What can happen in a second?

A couple weeks ago, I was at a local store I like to endorse any time we need something framed called Binders.  The children were with us and were picking out items to break, take, or insist that we buy for them.  Among them was the 9-year-old’s choice of a […]