View from the Empty Nest: Reach Out and Touch Somebody. But Not Literally.

Sherry Turkle is an MIT professor who has written a number of books. She began as a real fan of social media. Oh, gosh. Some of you may not know what that is. Facebook you know about, right? Well, that is one social media platform. There are HUNDREDS. Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Tsu, Reddit. The list goes on and on. Millions of us—maybe billions of us, use social media every day. … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Wrong Number

Remember land lines? When the phone on your kitchen wall would ring, and you would answer it and talk to somebody? And that was it? You couldn’t see people’s lunch photos on it, or get a text message? Life was so much simpler then. Now, we feel compelled to stay in touch with everybody all the time. I think that the population of the world really needs to see the latest pictures of my … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Sorry I’m Not Sorry My Kid Didn’t Get Her Homework Done

Dear Third Grade Classroom Teacher: Sorry I'm not sorry Curlytop didn't get her homework packet done. I know your weekly schedule is probably very busy, and finding time to make sure my daughter is completing her assigned work is probably pretty stressful. To add to your chaos level, you happen have the distinct misfortune of having me as one of your classroom parents. Not that I'm a total … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: What We All Wish We Could Ask That Doctor at the Cocktail Party

1.) I have been having these pains behind my right eye when I watch more than three hours of HGTV  at one sitting. Could this be a tumor? Would eye drops help? 2.) Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy? Don’t you just love it? 3.) Whenever I blow my nose, my ears itch. Is this serious? And can people drown using Neti Pots? 4.) How do you know if you have hemorrhoids? 5.) I get backaches … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: The Status Quo

I read an article on the Huffington Post, I think, about being a grandparent. The woman who wrote it said that she has no real desire to be one. I guess she thought that this was very controversial and would cause all kinds of furious comments, thus making her viral and famous. Of course, I may just be a bit contentious myself today. Because here is the thing: of course you don’t … [Read more...]

Mommy in the Raw: Work Life Balance is a Ridiculous Term

This week, my sister had a baby, my family was kicked out of our apartment so the landlord could deal with our flooded bedrooms/moldy walls, and I discovered I’m plum out of vacation/sick/personal days at work because I stupidly took a two week vacation before all this cray-cray started. This is not an issue of work-life balance or work-life fit.  I’m not sitting here contemplating how to … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Dreams

I have recurring dreams. They are very strange. I guess some of them are common. I have looked some of them up on “dream analysis” web sites. What I have learned about myself isn’t pretty. But some of my readers might share these dream topics, and so I thought I would share my dreams and their meanings, in case you want to know yourself better. Something terrible has happened, and you need … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine & Theirs: Caution, Slippery When Wet

In my professional role as a sexual health educator, I'm perhaps most notoriously known for being a lubricant Nazi. I've been known to take women from protests of, "Girl, I don't need lube! I'm telling you, a river runs through it, if you know what I'm saying," to paranoid exclamations of, "My God... Everything I thought I knew has been a lie!" It's true. Every woman between the ages of 18 and … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Paris Awaits

People who have the courage to just stop what they are doing and start all over are heroic, in my opinion. Reinventing oneself is unbelievably courageous. Once most of us are on a path, living in a place, doing a job, and making a living, that is it—whether we are happy or not. So it was with great admiration that I watched the latest episode of House Hunters International. Wow. I had to … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Pimp My Mom Ride

Dear Pimp My Mom Ride: You may have seen me driving around town. That 20-year-old SUV with “WASH ME” etched into the quarter-inch of dirt and caked mud (thanks, kids)? Yeah, that was me. Should any of my friends contact you to say my vehicle needs an overhaul (it does!), I’d appreciate it if you don’t let them know we’ve been in touch. I know loved ones always have suggestions as to … [Read more...]