The Changing Table

The Changing Table

A few years ago, a little girl I didn’t know came up to me at our neighborhood school. “My mommy went to college with you!” she said. She told her mother’s maiden name. I said I remembered her, fondly.   “She said she didn’t even recognize you when we moved here,” the...
Spring Break: See You In a Week!

Spring Break: See You In a Week!

Taking a break. In the meantime, please put this April 8 book signing on your calendar. Would love to see you then, if you are in Omaha: Note the special price of $16.95 for this occasion. You can also find the book on www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com by...
Radiant Beams: Do Maddy

Radiant Beams: Do Maddy

We were gathered around our youngest daughter’s crib. She had on her favorite lallow jammies, hugging Blanky, Binky and her elephant, “Fop.”   Because she is highly skilled at delaying bedtime beyond human endurance, we were finishing up a long conversation about...
Radiant Beams: The Longest Teddy Bear Hug

Radiant Beams: The Longest Teddy Bear Hug

Ninety-seven years ago, a little baby was born. Someone gave him a teddy bear.   This wasn’t too long after President Teddy Roosevelt had refused to shoot an old black bear on a hunting expedition. That act of tenderness inspired a lady who made her living making...
Radiant Beams: Boy! . . . I . . . I Say . . . Boy!

Radiant Beams: Boy! . . . I . . . I Say . . . Boy!

It was our 10th wedding anniversary. It was coooooold out. It was early January. Our children were 4, 3 and 1 month. Our floors were a seven-layer salad: Christmas gifts, newspapers, toys, laundry, mail, new diapers, old diapers . . . utter chaos.   My husband was so...
Radiant Beams: Madame Perfecto

Radiant Beams: Madame Perfecto

(Excerpted from my new book, Radiant Beams, available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com)   I was late for the preschool carnival, and hadn’t yet made the fluffy marshmallow frosting for the cake I’d promised to bring for the cake-walk.   The smart thing would have...