Summer in the City
Chortle Portal / Confessional / The Arts: Books, Poetry, Photography, and Music

Summer in the City

When I was a teenager Omaha seemed like the most boring place to live.  And, bad teenage attitude aside, it kind of was a boring place to live back then.  But during my teens and twenties this city seems to have grown and changed as much as I did.  The skyline is different and we have a noteworthy music scene.   As … Continue reading

Parenting Pet Peeves:  A Conversation With My Followers
Conversations With My Followers

Parenting Pet Peeves: A Conversation With My Followers

Today I want to talk with you about my Parenting Pet Peeves.  In your opinion, what’s the shittiest thing a parent can do to a child?  Watch my video to find out what kind of parenting behavior is grotesque enough to offend even Contrary Mom.  And tell me all about your parenting pet peeves in the comments below.  If … Continue reading

Sex Ed in the Target Aisles
Chortle Portal / Confessional

Sex Ed in the Target Aisles

My habit of eavesdropping paid off the other day.  I was in the next room “casually collecting tissue paper from the rug,” but really listening to my daughter and her friends’ chitter-chatter.  Layla had invited three friends over for a backyard camp-out slumber party to celebrate her ninth birthday.  Even though they’ve all been alive for less than a decade, the … Continue reading

We’re All Going to Die:  A Pleasant Sunday Morning Read
Chortle Portal / Confessional

We’re All Going to Die: A Pleasant Sunday Morning Read

This morning I read an essay, We’re All Going to Die by Vicki Wilson on Huffington Post.  It’s funny and honest and this is almost exactly how we deal with the topic of death at our house, too.  How do you explain to your kids that we’re all going to die?  Do you ever make guarantees that you’re a little uncomfortable … Continue reading