The Great Peppermint Ball Candy Debacle

I was seven years old when my sister and I were watching an episode of Leave it to Beaver. The one where Wally and Eddie get even with Lumpy for pulling pranks on them. They decided to chain Lumpy’s axle to a fence, they never expected the entire thing to come off the car. Lumpy jumped out of the car screaming “Daddy,” while Wally and Eddie ran for their lives. We were having fun, when suddenly something went terribly wrong. Continue reading



All of the hoopla over Charlie Sheen and his struggle with addiction has had me reliving my own family experiences. As a parent, I empathize with his father — his family. Charlie is in denial. He’s not in a place where he can make healthy decisions. It’s hard to watch, but short of his father taking him to court and proving he’s incompetent, there is nothing to do but hope. Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home

We used to live in a cozy old house in Westchester County, New York that suffered from a bit of landlord neglect. By the spring of 2006, we began to have visitors — the furry kind! A mommy raccoon decided to nest in a crawl space on the roof of our brick building and had babies. Continue reading