My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

Enemy estimated

Anita Chiappini told my best friend, Mary Beth, to meet her behind the school for a fight. So Mary Beth and all of us did. And Anita and all of … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 5 Comments

Dog happy

I didn’t grow up with a dog as a pet, perfectly content with my cat named Tiger. The closest I got to a pet dog was when I was replaced … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Nail polish pretty

I love the creamy, salty and fatty decadence of butter spread on toast. And my daughter brought a new butter into my life to love, Butter London nail polish. Rarely … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · 4 Comments

More than sorry

Picture a temper tantrum complete with yelling, crying, and flailing. Embarrassingly, I’m not talking about my kids, I’m talking about me as a newlywed! The intensity of emotional pain, frustration, … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

Hometown sweet hometown

Driving a sporty rental car with the classic rock channel of my teen years playing The Doors, Love Her Madly, I headed to Scranton, PA, my childhood home where my … Continue reading

August 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

I’ll fail for you

Rushing my son to his All Star baseball game and driving like a maniac, we were a mess. Now I have no idea what triggered the family emotional meltdown, but … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Theater shooting

A few days ago on Thursday, July 19th my sixteen-year-old son was doing his chores with great energy.  I knew something was up.  “Mom, I’m going to make some calls … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Fun, play, and toy guns

My first son was running around outside with happy abandon. He was a smiley 4-year-old at the time, full of energy and heart, when I noticed he was playing with … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 5 Comments

Welcome to changing the world one happy family at a time

Have you ever thrown your hands up into the air and screamed, “What is going on here?” I have. In fact, I asked it this morning after I thought I … Continue reading

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