From Facebook friends to fiancés: a blended family wedding

May 26, 2013

These days, there are so many single parents blogging about what it’s like to date again. But how often do you run into two single parent bloggers who are telling the world — independently — what it’s like to be in a relationship with each other? Well, let me introduce you to Todd and Kelly. […]

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How my daughter taught me to trust again

March 27, 2013

That’s the title of my essay in the current (April 2013) issue of Family Circle. Leaning over the counter, my daughter ordered the same meal she always had at our favorite taqueria: a quesadilla, no salsa, no sour cream. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to eat. But that wasn’t all I was uncertain about. […]

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When a single mom remarries and awaits baby No. 2

January 16, 2013

When I first met my friend Amy 10 years ago in the Bay Area, she opened up me — and told me that she was getting divorced. I don’t remember how I responded, but I hope I said something encouraging. Like You’re so strong. Or, you’re not broken. At that point, I’d been a single […]

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When a single mom uproots for love

December 17, 2012

When you take the “distance” out of a long distance relationship, it’s a big deal. Especially when you have kids. And he has kids. Especially when one of you leaves your job and friends behind. Especially when one of you puts your house on market, and the other one opens his/her door to a new […]

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My Thanksgiving scar

November 21, 2012

It took me years to admit that I was a classic co-dependent in a relationship with an alcoholic. Twelve years ago this Thanksgiving. That’s when our relationship ended, with our apartment door locked and his key slipped back under. Twelve years!! A lovestain on my heart. That’s what he left 12 years ago. We’d unraveled […]

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Drinking Diaries: it’s a book give away

November 12, 2012

  If you are a woman who drinks alcohol, Drinking Diaries will speak to you. Yes, it sounds like a book about alcoholism. And some writers do delve thoughtfully into this struggle. But this book is so much more. It’s about loving the taste of wine. It’s about almost getting a DUI. It’s about abstaining […]

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Saying “I do” after being a single mom

October 24, 2012

  When my friend, Desiree, walked down the aisle this month to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up,” I knew exactly why she’d picked that song. Because the only way to fall in love again 10 years into single parenthood is to maintain a faith in love. To NOT give up. The rain held off […]

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