Aging · anxiety

Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Dear Susan, Despite the heat, and long, gorgeous hours of sunshine, summer is in its last phase here. Swim team has been over for weeks, the herons in the rookery around the corner have departed until next nesting season, and we are back-to-school shopping in earnest. Between her father, her grandmother, and me, Ashby spent… Continue reading Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Family · Travel

Taking Mary on a Road Trip–and Leaving Martha Behind

Dear Anne, “I really shouldn’t go,” I told myself. “I have no business going out of town for two days just a month before the wedding!” I was due to go to a high school graduation/birthday party for my cousin’s daughter in Richmond and my whole extended family would be there, many of whom won’t… Continue reading Taking Mary on a Road Trip–and Leaving Martha Behind

children · Family

Parental Controls Out of Control

Dear Susan, I blame what happened over July 4 on the storm that swept through Houston. It was one of our typical rain events – an Armageddon-like downpour that threatened flash flooding in the bayous, cancellation of all Fourth of July activities, and general alligator displacement. By 4:30 the rain had stopped, the sun was… Continue reading Parental Controls Out of Control

Family · Fashion · humor · Marriage · women

Be Quiet and Wear Beige–Or How to Shop for a Mother of the Groom Dress

Dear Anne, It’s about six weeks and counting here at Casa Mother of the Groom, and the plans are moving along well, with lots of little details falling nicely into place. But I am struggling with one part of this whole process—finding the right mother of the groom dress. My wedding Pinterest board is entitled… Continue reading Be Quiet and Wear Beige–Or How to Shop for a Mother of the Groom Dress