Three Little Birds

This time of year, the Carlon family welcomes a regular visitor to our house, well, to the door of our house. We call her mamma bird and every year she builds a new nest in the wreath that hangs on our front door. She builds these wreaths twig by twig and takes her...

Maris and Mantle Unplugged

Last night, my brother in law and sister in law treated us to an evening game at Yankee Stadium. I hadn’t been to The Bronx for a game since I was in grammar school (we were raised Mets fans) and it was exciting to see a game in the “new” Yankee...

Uncorking a Birthday

Fourteen years ago today I found myself waking up in my own bed for the first time in six weeks, “Why don’t you go home and get some sleep?” The Labor and Delivery nurse said to me. “Your kids have a long night ahead of them and your wife will...

What I learned while shedding my “Game Show” hair

After nearly 20 years in the research business, my parents still have no idea what I do for a living. I’ve tried to explain it numerous ways; I run focus groups, I’m a marketing consultant, and I help clients make better decisions are three ways I’ve...

A Kiss to Build a Dream On

It would be impossible to summarize the events of the past few weeks by solely relying on words.  I could say these past few weeks have been crazy, demanding, draining, or taxing – but those words just wouldn’t do justice to the weeks we have had.  I am tempted to...