The Boys and Me, in #JustOneParagraph

The Boys and Me, in #JustOneParagraph

It occurred to me, as we went out to dinner last night, that I’ll soon be the only female member of my household for the first time in fifteen years…and yes, that’s counting the dogs. There was even a nearly five-year period when the girls outnumbered the guys around here, although we’ve been at parity since we lost Gypsy in 2010. But now, as three of us get ready to move next door, our girl […]

Wordless Wednesday: Family/Love on Vacation

Wordless Wednesday: Family/Love on Vacation

The red-haired girl is off to college in New Hampshire this fall. We took a family trip to get acquainted with her new locale, and we saw a lot to love. Top left: father and son; Botton left: granddaughter and grandmother; Right: sister and brother My photos, edited with Snapseed and collaged with PicFrame; text by Phonto Posted with Blogsy document.write(”); Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog […]

The Annual Alzheimer’s Post, 2012 edition: Still Walking

The Annual Alzheimer’s Post, 2012 edition: Still Walking

(I call this “The Annual Alzheimer’s Post” because, with only minor changes, I do it every year, just as I do the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Details on the 2012 Walk are below.) On October 8, 1999, my mother, Mary Ann Corsino Lantos, passed away. A New York City native and, after a nine-year detour to southwestern Connecticut, a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida for 22 years, she was 69 years old at the time […]

Pictures from the Past: sketches by my mother

Pictures from the Past: sketches by my mother

Before I wrote, I drew pictures. It runs in the family. My ability and my style both came from my mother, and my sister and I both loved flipping through her old sketchbooks when we were kids. Most of those books have been lost during the years (and moves) since then, but my sister does have thirteen pages of Mom’s drawings, and she recently scanned them so we’d have copies to keep. I thought I’d […]

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Congratulations, Class of 2012!

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Congratulations, Class of 2012!

Graduation night for the High School @ Moorpark College, May 24 Having had dual high-school and college enrollment for the last two years, our Kate is more than ready to continue as a full-time real college students. Congrats and best wishes to her cohort in the Class of 2012, everywhere! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other […]

“Are You Mom Enough?” Yes. No, Maybe. (Graded on a curve?)

“Are You Mom Enough?” Yes. No, Maybe. (Graded on a curve?)

(I rescheduled a book review from today to Thursday because I wanted to put on my mom-blogger hat before last week’s news literally becomes “last week’s news.”) I really wasn’t sure if I’d make a response to last week’s sensational TIME magazine cover for its feature on attachment parenting, but the more I read other people’s responses to it, the more I realized I did have some thoughts of my own to add to the many […]

Five years ago today, this happened

Five years ago today, this happened

It feels like yesterday and forever ago at the same time, and in the very best way. Happy anniversary, Paul–I love you!  Hope that pesky Rapture thing won’t come along and spoil our day! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

The Annual Alzheimer’s Post: Walking to the End, again

The Annual Alzheimer’s Post: Walking to the End, again

Twelve years ago this month, my mother, Mary Ann Corsino Lantos, passed away. A New York City native and, after a nine-year detour to southwestern Connecticut, a resident of St. Petersburg, Florida for 22 years, she was 69 years old at the time of her death. She was survived by her husband, two adult daughters, and one teenage grandson.  But our family had truly lost her well before that. For over seven years, she had […]

Coping with a crisis, one tweet at a time; or, last week’s hospital story

Coping with a crisis, one tweet at a time; or, last week’s hospital story

After last week, I really feel that those who would diss people who use social media to reach out during times of crisis honestly don’t get social media. Those of you who follow my Twitter feed or are Facebook friends are probably aware of the crisis my family experienced last week, and which triggered this not-terribly-original observation. A recap follows, via Facebook updates (most of which were pushed from Twitter, so they’re pretty brief). Starting […]

Mother’s Day without Mother? Meh.

Mother’s Day without Mother? Meh.

Image via Wikipedia This post was originally published on the now-defunct Los Angeles Moms Blog in May 2010, and has been lightly re-edited for posting here. I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day. It was pretty much an ordinary Sunday for me. Due to certain oddities of the calendar and the custody schedule, it seems that more often than not, my husband’s kids have been with him on Father’s Day…and on Mother’s Day. I […]

Monday Moments: From ridiculous to sublime on Saturday

Monday Moments: From ridiculous to sublime on Saturday

Saturday was a busy day for Tall Paul and me. We started early with a drive to Orange County to spend some time at the Wizard World Comic Con in Anaheim. I didn’t find it quite as much fun as last year’s; it wasn’t my first time, the programming was a bit different…and now I have San Diego Comic-Con to compare it with. It wasn’t the best trade for the Los Angeles Times Festival of […]

It's all relative; or, focusing on a family

It's all relative; or, focusing on a family

There are stories I don’t tell here because they really aren’t mine to tell, but sometimes I find myself thinking about them anyway, and that’s what led me down this particular path…in search of an angle from which there might be a story I could claim and tell. After almost 27 years as an only child, yesterday my son just became a big brother to a baby sister. (NOT from me – I would have […]

Something missing at Christmastime this year

Something missing at Christmastime this year

Cross-posted at TheSmartlyLA My son’s been out of college for almost four years. He lives 3000 miles from me, and about 1000 miles away from his dad’s hometown. He’s got a good job, his own apartment (no roommates!), his own activities and interests, and the occasional girlfriend (but not “the girlfriend,” at least not yet). He doesn’t own a car – he has chosen to live in a city where he doesn’t need one – […]

Walk with me, and remember: Mom, Alice, and Alzheimer’s

Walk with me, and remember: Mom, Alice, and Alzheimer’s

This Friday, October 8, it will be eleven years since my mom, Mary Ann, passed away. A resident of St. Petersburg, Florida for 22 years, she was 69 years old at the time of her death. She was survived by her husband, two adult daughters, and one teenage grandson. We’re left to remember. But our family had lost her well before that. For over seven years, she had been living in a nursing home, incapacitated […]

A Vacation Story: NYC – A night on Broadway, a day at the museum

A Vacation Story: NYC – A night on Broadway, a day at the museum

We didn’t have much planned for our Wednesday in New York City until evening…but before that, Katie needed to find some shoes. Wet hopped on the subway headed to the 34th St./Herald Square Station. These days, nearly every city has a Macy’s, but there’s really only one MACY’S. Two full city blocks, seven floors, those historic wooden escalators…and the shoes! After our shopping trip to Macy’s, we rode back uptown, stopped at the hotel to […]