Dear Ellen: It’s not writer’s block

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, My main character whines a lot.  All day long I listen to her complain. “It’s not fair,” she says, “I want to be thin!” I keep telling her that I think it’s good for younger girls to see that the star of a novel isn’t a stick figure. […]

Dear Ellen: Sometimes I Can’t Remember

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, Yesterday, I got into an argument with my 3 1/2-year-old.  The argument went something like this: Me: Yes! Him: No! Me: Yes! Him: No! Me: Yes! Yes! Yes! Him: No! No! No! (Right around here, I realized I had no idea what we were even fighting over. So, […]

Dear Ellen: Sometimes We Have to Say No

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, My baby boy is 3 1/2 and struggling a little bit to speak.  We’ve been working with him and whenever he’s able to ask for something using a complete – or almost complete sentence – we reward him by giving him whatever it is he asked for. Now […]

Dear Ellen: Sometimes I Imagine Things

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, Sometimes I imagine things: specifically that I’m having conversations with my cat, Gwennie. Last night I stepped on her when I was getting up – for the 10th time – to check on my screaming toddler. The following conversation took place. Gwennie(the cat) – Watch where you’re stepping, prevert! […]

Dear Ellen: It’s the Squirrel’s Fault

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, I’ve watch the Ice Age movies no less than eight times a day, everyday for the last two years.  What can I say?  My kids are obsessed with it. It amazes me that people blame the end of the world on Y2K, zombies, bioterrorism, and Justin Bieber.  If […]