Sandwich Generation

Between our parents and our kids sometimes we don’t know which way is up.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from my own deeply entrenched childhood issues.

These posts are all about my experiences as parent, adult child, and recovering child of dysfunctional parents.

In 1961, I was born in a government housing project to two teenaged parents. There’s me standing in front of the building we lived in. My grandmother lived around on the other side of the building. My parents met in this very courtyard when they were children. My mother’s family had to move to the project […]


Brothers and Sisters, we gather together today to commemorate the short–but well-lived–life, and mourn the untimely and tragic death of Ernie, the Parakeet.  Purchased from the local Petsmart, Ernie quickly became a treasured member of the family. Wolfie especially loved Ernie, and, Oh, how Ernie loved living in his cage next to the TV. Until […]


Good parenting is hard. Welcome to the part of the show where I share wisdom from my vast wealth of agonizing experiences parenting young adult children. Today’s question comes from a longtime reader who lives in the Adirondacks. She asks: Dear Chloe, Please help me! My 22-year old son hasn’t called me in weeks. I’ve left […]


My son had his first paying gig with his band last night. I was all excited about it when suddenly he called to tell us that there was a SNAFU.  Suddenly my excitement was replaced with panic. I started to feel anxious and stressed for him. I even felt angry at him for allowing himself […]


Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “S” for Slut. Late last night, exhausted after a frustrating day fiddling with my recipes here on my blog , I finished re-reading The Scarlet Letter. After the steady diet of Mind Twinkies® I’ve been gorging on lately, i.e. Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, I figured I’d […]


This was first published on September 10, 2008. Since I’m on a scenic tour of the great State of Humility right now I thought I would share some of the sights I’m encountering along the way. Deciding to homeschool is one of the most rebellious, terrifying (it damn well should terrify you), and prideful decisions […]


We were very honored that our son wanted to spend his 21st birthday with us, his parents. I sure didn’t want to spend my 21st birthday with my parents. So it was with much pleasure and pride that we all went out to the karaoke bar for Wolfie’s birthday, per his request. Rachel and The […]


Last night we tore it up at the local Karaoke Bar for Wolfie’s 21st birthday. I can tell you one thing, I didn’t spend my 21st birthday with my parents. Maybe we did do something right. A great time was had by all.


I’ve been thinking about different ways to make a creative “About Me” page and made this little video. The picture of my mom makes me cry. I miss her. I put a smaller version in the sidebar, but you can also find it here.


Seeing as I’m walking down memory lane and all and thinking about 2009, I started thinking about my son and  reflecting on just how freaky talented he is. This is a (very bad) recording of the song he did for the finale at his high school graduation.  I wish the quality were a bit better, […]