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The other night, after spending an entire week trying to get our new house unpacked and spending an entire day trying to sell our old junk at a yard sale, I happened to look at my phone and realize the date. I asked my husband “Did you realize tomorrow is our anniversary?” and we both sort o…

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Every few years I go home.

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If we’re being honest, the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is effectively over. Which means that the big fight over the next couple of weeks is for control of the Senate, where Democrats need a net gain of four seats to retake control.

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Patience. It’s a funny thing. It comes around sometimes when you least expect it to, and then seems to hide around the corner laughing and pointing at you at times when you need it the most, leaving you to fend for yourself— and those around you to fear for their lives.

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He is the least sentimental of the media moguls, known for being a dispassionate judge of a business’s worth. And now he wants to sell Time Warner. Maybe we should be listening to what Jeff Bewkes is telling us.

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The Summer Reading Program at the Portland Public Library has come to a very successful close. The main purpose of the program is to keep children reading throughout the summer months while they are out of school. We as a library also encourage adults to read 30 minutes a day. Congruent with…

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This morning, as I sit down to write this, I have just dropped my kids off for their first day of school and I’m sitting here in silence. Beautiful, luxurious, healing silence.

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Recent reports on underage drinking in the United States reveal good news and bad news. On the bright side, the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced in June that its “Monitoring the Future” survey shows decreasing use of alcohol among 8th through 12th graders. However, the Substance Ab…

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I’m swiftly sailing into uncharted territory here with my oldest child. Not so much swiftly sailing into, more like hurled face-first into an angry sea, without a life jacket, surrounded by sharks, sharks that want to rip your face off but also want you to take them Pokemon hunting. It’s weird.

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Below is a reprint of Paula Brown’s award-winning Personal Humor Column that was awarded first place in the 2016 Tennessee Press Association press awards. We are re-running it for your reading pleasure.

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Below is a reprint of Paula Brown’s award-winning Personal Humor Column that was awarded second place in the 2016 Tennessee Press Association press awards. We are re-running it for your reading pleasure.

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I’m only a couple weeks in, but I’ve already learned a lot for how to survive the rest of the summer. Feel free to let me know if you have any others. Together, we can survive this.

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There are a few things on my mind this morning as I sit down to write my column for this week that range from heavy topics, like our flawed two-party political disaster, to having no idea how to dress my age, to the archfiend time-suck that is HGTV.

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As this summer creeps by, I am feeling something very new and strange for me…I’m dreading it coming to an end. Usually by this time I’m counting the days for the kids to be back in school, to gain some sense of normalcy, a routine, some peace and quiet in a house where I’m not hearing two bo…

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A couple months ago I wrote about renovating my house. What was supposed to be a two-week project is now coming to an end after four months. Four long, depressing, terrifying, expensive, frustrating, stressful months.

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With the temperatures suddenly going from pleasant to deathscape, summer has come upon us with a bang! As I may have mentioned a few hundred times, this is my least favorite time of year. I really don’t even understand the purpose of summer. Was God just mad at us? “OK, so part of the year w…

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Another summer, another nervous breakdown. Or seven. But who’s counting?

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Where has the time flown? And look at how much these children have grown?

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Grandparents. Where do I even start? Grandparents are one of life’s greatest pleasures indeed, for both kids and parents. I am beyond lucky that my kids have grandparents on both sides that take an active part in their lives and offer to babysit them whenever possible and do amazing things f…

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I don’t like to brag, but my grocery lists are impressive. One of the very few things I do in an organized manner, probably because I loathe the entire experience and anything I can do to get out of it faster is going to be happening.

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After decades of representing victims of sexual abuse, I was convinced that Jerry Sandusky’s arrest at Penn State in 2011 would put to rest the belief that child molesters are slovenly, leering guys wearing dirty raincoats and lurking outside playgrounds. But when word leaked last year that …

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Oh my, how things change. That’s life, I know. We are born, we get old, we die. The end. In the middle of all of that are a lifetime of changes, but none greater than a mom with babies vs. A mom with “kids”.

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This morning, as I was drinking my coffee (reheated for the sixth time), I started looking around my living room and realized that so many of the things in my house have taken on new functions besides the ones they were designed for.

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I reached the point of living in one place long enough that I was really, really sick of it. It was clear that this house was starting to look dated and needed a facelift. We were faced with the dilemma that only an ’80s punk band would truly understand the angst of: Should we stay or should we go?

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Lately I’m really starting to miss the days of having a newborn, or at least an infant. Sure, I totally long for the days of cuddling my little babies and relishing in all the “awwwwwness” of it, gazing into those big blue eyes and marvelling at the wonder of it all. But that’s not my reason…

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We’ve reached a critical period in the yearlong, long-term planning effort called nMotion that is being led by the Nashville Metro Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (Nashville MTA/RTA). Since April, we’ve been out in the community gathering input fro…

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Last week I talked a little bit about the battle with what my kids eat and won’t eat. While I haven’t entirely given up on fighting it, it is one of those things I kind of take with a grain of salt (but not too much salt because seasonings are disgusting, you know) and sometimes choose to be…

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“Not in my family, not my child” are words we often hear when talking about child abuse; especially child sexual abuse. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. 1 in 5 children will be solicited sexually while on the internet.

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In addition to celebrating Easter weekend, I’ve been taking this three days off opportunity to do a little spring cleaning. When I say spring cleaning, I’m not just talking about going through closets or dusting furniture. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been preparing for my annual spring yard sal…

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Ahh. Vacation. There should really be another word for “vacation” when they are experienced with your kids. No offense, kids, but you kind of ruin vacations. If it were called something different, maybe the outcome would be better because you wouldn’t be expecting all the wonderful things th…

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As I often share, I hung up my frayed social butterfly wings quite some time ago. Most of my weekends now consist of utilizing my cleaning supplies, paying my dues and being dog mom of the year. I usually hang out close to home, participate in my weekend church activities and pass out around…

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This past week when we were visiting my sister’s house, my 5-year-old son picked up her landline telephone and quite seriously asked me “What’s this?” “It’s a phone, honey,” I replied. “What games does it have?”

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Bernie Sanders wants to give Americans free college education. This sounds good to any parent who has three or four college age children.

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I feel like I’m (prematurely?) reaching the age where I can dictate exactly what’s going on in my life by the physical ailments I’m currently suffering from. The past few days have been pretty action-packed for me, and I have the battle scars to prove it. My immobility and relentless pain fr…

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When it was announced that there would be a “Full House,” sequel, I was among the ’90’s kids rejoicing (and jamming out to MC Hammer). While I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I didn’t expect to relate to the older D.J. and Stephanie Tanner so ridiculously much. No, I don’t have three kid…

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Alright, friends. I need an all-inclusive instruction manual of how to deal with an 11-year-old and I need it now. What was all this nonsense I always heard like “Be grateful you had boys, they’re so low maintenance!” or “You’re so lucky you have boys instead of girls!”?

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I think it’s time I just accept that weekly planners and five-year plans are just not for me, because as of lately, things change in the blink of an eye. As much as I’d like to be that girl with the cute little colored page marker tabs, it’s just not realistic in my world.

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Recently inspired by a friend’s Facebook post, which turned into a “Hey, let’s get together to catch up and talk about this!”, which turned into a three-hour breakfast (because that’s what happens when you get some adult conversation for the first time in ages and a waitress keeps bringing c…

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The Pageant Directors and those responsible for organizing the Sweetheart Classic pageant hopes each of you had a good time. We were honored that you participated. Your participation helps so many others that RTP’s organization serves. Thank you so much.

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For a good five years of my life, living alone was the way to go. I was free of distractions, and I wasn’t forced to have any human interaction in my home, which was great, because I couldn’t seem to get away from human interaction elsewhere.

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Middle School. Ugh. I hate it. I hated it when I was there and I hate it now when my kid is there. Honestly, it doesn’t seem like much has changed in these (insert scary number here) years. And I have three more years with this one and then a whole other kid to get through it, so I won’t be …

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Here I am writing something I thought I’d never write and experiencing something I thought I’d never experience. Not in a million years. So what’s my dilemma? Well, I’m 11 years older than my little sister and for years it felt like more of a mother-daughter relationship, but lately, it’s fe…

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