Why “T.” and not TLPPBBHWKR?

T just T

When I introduce myself, I usually begin with some variation of “Hello, my name is T. – like the one between S and U, in the alphabet.”  It is one lone letter, yet it causes some confusion for people and when it does, I realize I should probably correct it to, “Hello, I go by an initial… T.” but over the years, no matter what I do – there are always people who make an issue out of it. “How […]

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Psssst! New Book…

My new book has been released, but I’m not shouting it from the rooftops yet.  I’m letting you know, because you’ve been kind enough to stop by to take a look at some of my other words.  And, partly too because when you climb up on a rooftop with a publicist you gotta take clams. Lots and lots of clams (aka dough/bread/cabbage/cheddar/cash). The book is called “No Family Tree” and is being promoted as a chapter book for kids, but […]

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“You’re lucky. You got good kids.”

While discussing my love for my children the other day (I’m a mom, we’re known to do that) my lunch partner said, “Yeah, well — you’re lucky.  You got good kids.”  He said this in a way that implied I had somehow picked my children up in a serendipitous cosmic yard sale, narrowly missing going home with the ill-tempered Garbage Patch Dolls sitting to their left. Questioning my companion’s usually diplomatic communication skills, I inquired why he chose to label […]

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We are family, Sort of.

Family.   “The importance of family history.”  I’ve noticed that physicians love to throw that phrase around, as do people who HAVE a family history.  The doctor’s office will hand you pages and pages of documents to fill out, front and back, where you are asked to identify which immediate family members have/had certain diseases or deficiencies and   your medical condition is then judged by this.  Turns out, far-flung relations can also be brought up when an opinion is being […]

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