I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve asked—some might say nagged—my significant other to open the prized case of expensive wine he has relentlessly guarded for years. The client who presented him with the generous gift twenty years ago didn’t expect him to pass it down from generation to generation like a Persian rug, Read More →

My sister was neck deep in cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, tackling the overwhelming task of moving, when she asked if I would take my nine-year-old niece to dance class. I had seen several episodes of the reality show Dance Moms featuring an overbearing dance coach and backstabbing, overzealous stage moms, so I had an idea Read More →

I like to consider myself a resource—a human Google for friends who may need a contractor, mechanic, or hair stylist. Yet, after one-too-many referral disasters, I’m retiring my personal search engine service. No more “He’s reliable, honest, and won’t overcharge you” or “Mention my name and you’ll get an appointment sooner.” I’m letting the real Read More →

My life is like an HGTV home improvement show minus the lights, camera, and any action from the Property Brothers. During the past four years I’ve purchased and rehabbed houses to flip or rent, a career change I made out of a strong desire to use my interior design degree and the sobering realization that my alimony was scheduled to run out in a few years. I credit Read More →

I’ve always been a pro-dog, anti-cat person, so the question I have to ask myself is – why am I in a pet store pushing a cart filled with cat bowls, cat toys, kitty litter, and other cat accessories every new cat owner needs? There’s only one logical answer: to connect with my younger son. Read More →