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It’s how you play the game

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It’s how you play the game You win some, you lose some, and sometimes you lose them all. We are old hats at recreational soccer. We are recently involved in competitive soccer which bears little to no resemblance to recreational soccer. Recreational soccer is about being active and having fun, competitive soccer is about honing […]

The bat days of summer

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In the 14 years we have lived here, we have had a handful of bats fly in for a visit. PETA can picket me if they want, but not all of the little critters made it out alive. My rule has always been one of kindness and understanding, love for my fellow creature and a […]

Not feeling the love: How do moms deal with bullies?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I love my kids, I love my friends’ kids, and I would probably love YOUR kids. This does not mean I love ALL kids. I am full up to HERE with mean girls and bullies.

The art of hobby-free existence

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It is fairly well established that one should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. I think, however, that a third category of the taboo should be added: hobbies. Whether an interview or simply mingling and meeting new folks, there is always one question that makes me cringe. It has nothing to do with […]

Don’t be driven to distraction

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” – Church sign. A car is a great way to get from point A to point B. A car operated while you are distracted by your cellular telephone is a weapon that may steal you — or someone else — from […]

Time flies when you’re trippin’

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My cousin and I started our “Two Trippin’ Moms Adventures” when our children were very young. Bidding the daddies goodbye, we buckled in a 2-year-old, two 4-year-olds, and a not-quite 7-year-old and headed out to see the sights. At the onset, “trippin’” was certainly less an explanation of intent and more exclamation of wonder, a.k.a. […]

Butt then, maybe I’ll call you

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We just spent a very confused moment staring at the caller ID that pops up on our TV screen and wondering how I could be calling us when I am sitting right here clearly NOT calling us. Turns out it was just my derriere dialing. Another attack of the butt dial. Butt-dialing is, of course, […]

Off with their head(phones)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dear offspring, As we kick off the celebration of summer vacation, I feel it only fair to tell you: We are taking you off life support. All right, not life support, but electronic devices, which to your minds may be the same thing.

Grads, don’t look back!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

So, former high school students, today is your graduation day? Congratulations! Today is the first day of the Rest of Your Life, and all that jazz. First things first, let me get something out of the way: Adulthood is awesome.

Breaking up with the big box stores

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Why is it that the so-called “big box” home improvement warehouses (named after the merchandise or their resemblance to big boxes, no one knows for sure) seem to rely solely on advertising their array of goods and services sold by experienced, industry professionals when, in reality, they are likely to offer neither in any great […]

Focusing on the positives of your loved one is best

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Having been laid out like a limp rag with a stomach bug has given me plenty of time to think. First, I think the term “stomach bug” is a misnomer. This is more a Godzilla-esque stomach slayer armed with sticks and sharp knives and bent on killing me from the inside out. There may also […]

The great goat escape

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Regular readers will recall that I recently stalked, er, assisted, a woman in finding a home for her wayward goat. Eavesdropping in a local salon led me to a woman who had a goat that needed a home and there we were — a home in need of a goat. Can you can say “kismet?” […]

Confessions of an ‘early’ rummage junkie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

If I’d had any sense I would have started writing for this paper years ago. I could really have used the free subscription. When I tell people my home is furnished in Early Auction, they generally laugh and consider me quite the punster. In reality, that is very nearly true. Nearly every stick of real […]

What’s so great about Ohio? Let me tell you

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Most women go to the beautician for highlights, lowlights, maybe a deep condition. Me, I go for livestock. There are numerous charming reasons why I know I live in a truly small town, but going in for a quick trim of the split ends and coming home with a goat surely ranks at the top. […]

Parenting or grandparenting loud and proud? Keep at it

Thursday, April 22, 2010

As a veteran sports mom, I have logged more than my fair share of time on the sidelines of various youth sporting events. I love to cheer for the kids — mine and anyone else’s. Game time will generally find me clapping sedately as the action unfolds. I find that “nice hustle!” is an all-purpose […]

Infidelity is not an oops

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Upon ironclad confirmation that superstar golfer Tiger Woods had engaged in a pattern of marital infidelity of such scope, breadth and sheer numbers that one wonders how he ever found time to tee off, Tiger’s mother (and later Tiger himself) would say only that he “made one mistake.” Award winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock’s husband, […]

You are (not) here

Thursday, April 8, 2010

“Wherever you go, there you are.” First, let me state for the record that I fully realize that you have only petty, first world problems if the extent of your trouble is the fact that the fancy navigational system in your automobile won’t allow you to find swanky ocean-front locations with quite the speed you’d […]

Packin’ it in

Thursday, April 1, 2010

If I should ever have to evacuate in one of those horrible “you have 10 minutes to take anything of value and get out” scenarios, you will find me out in the car. I’m going to let my husband handle it all. I’d get out with one toothbrush and vase. Mr. Wonderful could probably fit […]

Give me that merit badge, give me that badge

Thursday, March 25, 2010

If I have learned anything from my years as a Scout Parent — first with Cub Scouts (cute) and then Boy Scouts (cute, but gangly and sometimes smell funny) — it is that all the wrong people are earning badges around here. If you are a scout parent you soon learn that the boys earn […]

Family vacation: Sunny days or bust

Thursday, March 18, 2010

As if Andrew and Rita didn’t do enough damage, pity the great state of Florida which now has the Seabolts to contend with. When the unexpected but delightfully generous offer of a beach-front condo dangled in front of us, we jumped on it. Granted, with the spate of midwestern blizzards that have beleaguered us lately, […]

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