The Plagued Parent

posts about surviving our children, the Baby Boomers who raised us, and everyone else with an opinion...

Month: March 2016

Breaking News at 10

He went before the cameras as the triple decker burned in the background. He was studying in his bedroom in the third floor apartment. He smelled smoke and woke up the second floor, then went into the smoke filled first floor. A baby cried, someone coughed; he found them, carried them to safety. He even saved the […]

Hidden Among the Leaves

The three of us sit at Easter brunch in a sun filled dining room overlooking the river and joke about skipping mass while waiting for French press coffee, juice and tea. We joke about pacing ourselves and getting our $40 (per person) worth. So much has changed over the past year and a half. Easter symbolizes a rebirth, […]

Metro Desk

“Some kind of warning would have been nice,” Ed thought as he sat in the conference room receiving the news, along with several other editors at the paper, that their divisions would be phased out after the deal with a Texas based broadcast group was finalized in a week or so. The suits left them in the conference […]

Halloween Leftovers

He held his daughter’s hair while she vomited into the toilet. An array of undigested colors and shapes propelled themselves from deep within her seven-year-old body. She convulsed and moaned slightly. “What did you eat,” he asked. “Candy,” she muttered as he wiped her face with a cold face cloth. “I know that,” he said. […]

The Power of Perception; or… Men are Stupid

In Season 3 of House of Cards, Claire Underwood changed her hair. She colored her blonde hair a darker brown to match her natural color. Fans of the Netflix original drama can see this as a pivotal point for Claire’s character — her husband has weaseled (literally) his way into the Oval Office, she is […]

Roller Coaster Coffee

Sitting in the coffee shop, near the painted window overlooking the sidewalk and the chalkboard marquis advertising a pomegranate iced chai latte special (is that even a thing?) his stomach contracted at the thought that she might back out at the last minute. They had not sat, quietly and alone for some time but he […]

Cover and Hide

She could feel briars dig into exposed skin on her arms and thighs; she pressed herself deeper into the leaves. Just play dead, she thought. Play dead or be dead.  She tried to regulate her breathing just like yoga class, but she worried about rustling leaves covering her face. If he hears, she thought. Focus, Marine. Focus. On […]

Walking the Mobius Highway

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time from The Little Gidding, T.S. Eliot   For the past six months or so I have struggled. Because a family is a system, if one person struggles […]

Shrimp Buddha Bowl with Hollyhock Dressing

If you haven’t tried a Buddha Bowl yet, you really should! They are vegan, gluten free, packed with wonderful good for you nutrients and easy to make. I first discovered them while visiting Driftwood Garden’s blog, and they made this meat lover a believer! In an effort to make the dish slightly more appealing to […]


Take a second, he thought to himself, take a second and breathe. Suspended, hanging up-ended in the driver’s seat snugged in tight by the seat belt, eyes blurred, glasses lost, windshield fragments littering the too-close roof grazing his hair. Breathe and slow it down, he said again eyes closing trying to handle his already risky […]

Why Listen to Us?

The first time it came to my attention was when my wife paused a commercial and replayed it. “You’ve got to see this,” she said. The commercial was for BED — Binge Eating Disorder — and made a point of stressing that the condition was a real thing. The television spot went on to say that, […]

Blueberry Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies with White Chocolate Drizzle

I love cookies. And if you are going to tell me I can eat them for breakfast, well I’m sold! I found a recipe that sounded delicious, but it was made with a blueberry muffin mix. I have fond memories of eating those as a child on a Sunday morning, but when we have muffins […]

In Search of the New Normal

Yesterday I went through my nightstand in search of some paperwork from years past that could save us a whole bunch of money if we were an organized household that filed things correctly. I never did find the paperwork. What I did find was a treasure trove of memories. Birthday cards from my children, drawings, […]

The Hunt

Love seat and oversized chair shoved into the hall, both cats circled around the Christmas tree to the right and I broke left. The dog barked uselessly disrupting the hunt. Breath held, hearts pounding, eyes scanning the room’s horizon: drapes, window sill, end table, lamp. The mouse was here, I could feel him. Ornaments jingled, the […]

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