Blog Posts

November 17, 2017

What The Heaven Was I Thinking?

When children’s grief expert #JoePrimo said on #OptionB #TedTalks yesterday, “We can keep death and grief under the bed right next to the imaginary monster or we can shine a light on it and empower kids with hope healthy coping strategies,” I’m not sure taking your kids across the country in a broken down […]
November 2, 2016

Your Teenagers Brain… On Bacon

Hello? Can anyone out there hear me? I’m hiding under the covers with the bedroom door locked. It’s the only place I’m safe from what’s going on downstairs. Listen… “Those are not MY dishes, they’re yours!” screams one teenage daughter. “No, they’re not. I am a vegetarian which means I didn’t […]
October 25, 2016

Killing Two Peanuts With One Stone

I used to get such bad panic attacks a few years back that my teeth would chatter even through clenched jaws and as my body convulsed like a wet dog pulled from an icy pond. That’s when my husband Mark would literally have to lay his entire 6’4″ body on […]
February 19, 2016

Call Me Mrs. Gandhi

When one of my best friends offered us her Catskill Mountains ski house for President’s week, it took all of a nanosecond to graciously accept. The plan was for the girls to be packed and ready to go on Saturday night around 5 p.m. That way, we’d wake up bright eyed […]
February 2, 2016

Not Happy? Scientists Say Stop Spending Money!

Everyone says money can’t buy happiness, yet a new study released by Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a Cornell University psychology professor who spent two decades studying the question of money and happiness, says it actually can. You just have to know what to spend it on. Really? You mean there are wrong choices, […]
January 26, 2016

Spitz to Meet the Big Toilet Bowl in the Sky

No, not the Olympic gold medalist, Mark Spitz. My fish, Spitz. But please don’t tell him he’s getting the big flush. Not yet. My worry was confirmed on Sunday morning when my daughter, Nell, noticed it too. “Ew,” she said, peering into his tank. “You mean Ick,” I told her. “Ew. What’s […]
December 31, 2015

I Have Less Than 24 Hours to Live

All year I’ve harbored a certifiable fear that I would drop dead, the same as my husband did, when he was the same age. Or get a diagnosis. I’m not sure which came first, the much better health insurance plan or the tinge of paranoia that came before each overdue test […]
December 7, 2015

Welcome to a New Episode of… My Parents Are in Town for a Week!

OK, you tell me. What do parents normally bring on an airplane when coming to visit their lovely daughter and grandchildren? I’d say nothing but their luggage and some empty peanut wrappers. Not my Mom! She brought us presents–and lots of them. Next question. If your parents were so inclined, what […]
November 16, 2015

When You Teach a Teenager to Fish

I used to be a real Mom, but now that my daughters are almost grown teenagers, life at Pittman Palace is anything but picture perfect. And that’s just the way I like it. Hungry? And don’t like what I made for dinner? Learn how to cook. It’s an invaluable skill […]
October 22, 2015

Read My Friend’s Cover Letter! You’ll Die Laughing!

From: Laura F. Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 10:59 AM To: Kathy Subject: Get a life! Hey woman. What’s happening with the job? Let me know if I can give you a reference.  xol, Laura From: Kathy P. Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11:27 AM Subject: I love you […]
September 4, 2015

Like OMG, I Just Rolled My Eyes So Hard, I Saw My Own Brain!

My Mom, who is retired, said even if she practiced for 10 hours a day, she doubted she could do it– make her eyes roll back in her brain the way my girls do almost every time I open my mouth to speak to them. What’s more, the eyeball rolling action […]
August 9, 2015

Teenager’s Letter Goes Viral

Parenting, I always say, is the hardest job you’ll ever love. Why else would you sacrifice your life for someone else’s? At first, when they’re little and full of wonder, the reward of getting sticky I love you kisses and watching them grow is totally worth everything on earth. But once they […]
August 2, 2015

Don’t Mind If I Stare At You

One of the hardest things about losing a spouse is that a major part of you dies with them, only you are supposed to carry on with your life as one, as opposed to half of a whole. That’s why grief is such a powerful phenomenon. No one truly understands it […]
July 27, 2015

I Swear, It’ll Never Happen Again

We all do it– make the same mistake, twice, if not over and over again. The thing is, we know we’re doing whatever it is,  but we somehow can’t help ourselves from inserting a happy ending fantasy by giving it one last try. And another. And then even another. Sometimes […]
July 7, 2015

He Was Standing By Her Grave

It sounds morbid, but one of my favorite places to walk the dog is in the graveyard down the street. It’s dead quiet (ha, ha, ha), there are no cars and very few visitors. And no, I never let the dog lift his leg on the headstones or do his business […]