Sea World and the Moral of the Story by Melissa Swedoski


Have you ever taken a trip and almost instantly regretted it? Have you ever taken a vacation with family and learned some valuable lessons? Have you ever returned from one of those adventures with  a huge bruise across the right side of your face? Well, then, my friends, you should ...

You Sure Waited a Long Time to Get Started by Melissa Swedoski


It's a tricky business, this later motherhood life. On the one hand, you feel so supremely blessed to have this child(ren) who you can love, hug, snuggle, cuddle, nourish, teach, inspire, support and laugh with, when you perhaps thought you never would. But then there's the trick of time. You feel ...

ROBIN’S SHOW REVIEW: Mommalogues


MOMMALOGUES, written by long-time friends Sharon Lee Glassman and Gretchen Klinedinst Furst and directed by William Sanders, is playing at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street) in Manhattan. It explores the relationship between mothers and daughters, as four actresses of varied ages deliver monologues reflecting a wide range of experiences ...

‘Mommy I Know…’ by Dina Ramon


My daughter and I are currently in a phase where I seem to annoy her a lot by giving what I believe are simple reminders but which to her are needless nagging about things that she insists she already knows how to do. She always responds with an overly dramatic, ...

A Trip to Reality with My Stylist by Dina Ramon


You know you’ve reached new territory when your eight-year-old daughter takes on the role of your stylist and make-up consultant. But wait, what happened to the days when I styled her? Cute jumpers, barrettes with bows, bright flowered tights. Nope, no more. I typically have to beg her to wear ...

Being An Older Mother Is Not Helping Me To Be A Better Daughter By Catrina Chatelain


     I am the product of a teen pregnancy, having been born to an unwed, small-town, 17 year old girl easily beguiled by a sweet-talking city boy who was visiting relatives for the summer.  He gave her all the props and creds to be gained from a first-time summer romance ...

Mini Me by Robin Gorman Newman


Had an interesting conversation with a friend last week. Like me, she is an adoptive mom. Her kids know they are adopted, as does my son.  It's not a big deal in our respective households.  We've always been open. During our chat, she was venting about her kids.  It was one of those ...