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The roofers are here

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I used to think the four sweetest words in the English language were “Will you marry me?” or “It’s a healthy boy!” (Or girl). These days “The roofers are here” is running a close third. When we bought this old house it had a new roof. That selling point alone should have alerted us that […]

Angels, angst, alcohol and a quick trip to the ER

Thursday, September 10, 2009

There are any number of reasons why I will never be crowned Mother of the Year, but the truth is, I removed myself from the running early on. When the children were babies Mr. Wonderful worked nights. As a result, I spent many long, hot, afternoons sitting alone with them in the yard, playing in […]

Dealing with my own little print war

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Having appeared in print for years now, you would think I would have both a deep understanding and an acquired immunity to the craziness that come over people when it comes to seeing their name in print. Alas, you would be wrong. Quite by accident and through no fault of my own I became embroiled […]

When push comes to shove

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The danger of writing about your life, yourself and your family is that you are always in grave danger of becoming one of “those moms.” You know the ones. Your children are always beautiful, brilliant, gifted. Maybe Garrison Keillor can get away with that when writing about Lake Woebegone, but here in the real world […]

The ‘fun house’ on the block

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some folks have the house on the block where all the kids play. I have the house on the block where people send their children to find out how good their health insurance really is. Ours, I am told, is a “fun house.” Not in the literal sense of mazes and crazy mirrors (although, come […]

Memoirs of a Bat Girl

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It is clear that despite my long-standing personal “hands off” policy toward nature, I am destined to go down in history as one of those people forever identified with a certain species of animal. Jane Goodall had her chimps. Steve Irwin had his crocodiles. Me, I have bats. Oh, I don’t want to have bats […]

Namesake of my daughter

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My great-grandmother, Jeannette, was born in 1902 and her life would span most of the 20th century. She would see advancements in her lifetime that were unheard of at the time of her birth. Still her life, like any, would not always be easy. Tragically, she would lose her mother to tuberculosis as a child. […]

Mega Movie Manliness 101

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Twilight movie mega-star Robert Pattinson, asked about his equally famous hair, revealed, “I don’t have much of a sense of personal hygiene or styling … I gave up washing it a while back.” If I could bend the ear of almost any young Hollywood hunk, I wouldn’t waste my time on mundane issues like asking […]

When the party’s over

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My son, at 12, is no longer a willing wearer of a pointy party hat. He has no need for noisemakers. No yen for a piñata. We gave up goodie bags a few years ago, too. Gave up on games I gave up trying to plan party games when I realized I was pulling kids […]

How Not to Get Beat Up At The Movies 101

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I am a nice person. I get through most days fairly happy and not generally spoiling for a fight. I just want that on the record. Still, there are simply times when a person has just had enough. Lately, I’ve become aware that there are a few folks who could be helped by a primer […]


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