The Thing About Being a Mom

I don’t know if it was always this way or if this is just a product of modern marketing, but it seems like moms are usually depicted as all being the same. Like we all think the same way and like the same things. Get annoyed by the same things. Want the same things. The exception […]

Whatever: Gifts for Tween Girls

November 2016 has been a historically crazy month. Thanksgiving gatherings no doubt will also be historically crazy this year. But pay attention, my discombobulated friends: Christmas is coming. And your tween girl is already rolling her eyes about it. Probably. I mean she’d actually have to be listening to you to roll her eyes at […]

like a bird without any song

Popular culture seems like our only culture in 2016, but it wasn’t always that way. Thirty years ago we had to seek and find pop culture. We had to pursue it; it wasn’t thrust upon us via 500 cable channels, the internet, or social media. We were lucky enough to see a glimpse of an artist […]

I’m ready to talk about Barbie now

In 1978, or maybe it was ’79, I became the proud owner of a real Barbie doll. My Pretty Changes Barbie wore a fabulous, yellow satin jumpsuit and included accessories that allowed me to change her look. I could change her hair as well; she came with wigs. She was my prized possession. I was […]

Halloween Didn’t Used to Be Scary

The first Halloween costume I ever remember wearing was a plastic Yogi Bear mask. It was 1978 and I’m pretty sure I went trick-or-treating with my aunt Jen. We are close in age so in our younger years we trick-or-treated together in Montevideo, Minnesota. I don’t remember anything else about that Halloween. I was three and a […]