Never stifle your coolness!

Dear Amy: My 17-year-old grandson comes to visit us once a year (we live on opposite coasts). He has always brought his faded and well-worn baby blanket (measuring about 3 feet square) and his favorite well-worn stuffed animal. It was cute when he was smaller, now it’s downright embarrassing. He makes his bed and neatlyContinue reading “Never stifle your coolness!”

Escape! Freedom!

Writing my memoirs here… I’m around eight, nine, ten years old here. I was troubled and unhappy. I woke up once in the middle of the night surrounded by bright orange flames. I knew I was going to burn alive. It would be unbearably painful, and if I were unlucky, I’d live… only to spendContinue reading “Escape! Freedom!”

Please excuse me. I’m sexually acting out.

Dear Amy: Recently, I noticed that the 13-year-old daughter of some close friends has been posting sexually provocative photos of herself on Instagram. This is a public account, and strange men make sexual comments on her posts. She responds with lewd remarks that couldn’t be printed in a family newspaper. I find it alarming, andContinue reading “Please excuse me. I’m sexually acting out.”

Oh, and did I mention my mom used to get crazy-bad PMS?

Oh my gosh, my good friend Emilia asked a question of the day that inspired me to write a book in response, so I figured I’d turn it into a blog post. Her question was: how old were you when you got your first period? How did your family and friends react? Did anyone sayContinue reading “Oh, and did I mention my mom used to get crazy-bad PMS?”

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