Lisa M.

Lisa is a middle school English teacher who lives with her husband (who she met when she was on a teen tour) and her son (born 2008). Lisa is also a stepmom to three teenagers. She grew up in Trumbull and, after stints in Boston and NYC, is happy to be back in Fairfield County where there is much better parking. She also started her own college essay coaching gig, ACCEPTional Essays, where she helps seniors in high school make their college essays pop out of the pack. She does a lot of volunteer work within her community at her synagogue and various organizations. She loves to play tennis and cook, and she hates doing laundry and anything with mayonnaise. Her quest continues to find the best sushi in Fairfield County.
bone marrow transplant

To My Son, on the Eve of Your Bone Marrow Transplant

To my son, on the eve of your bone marrow transplant: The first time you were born was a Thursday, on a day in late October, just two blocks from where we lived. Although it...

How Fortnite Will Help My Son

Recently, I overheard my 10-year old son tell a friend, “I got Fortnite because I got aplastic anemia.”   To him, an even trade: a video game for a life-threatening blood disorder. I had been adamantly...

The Kindness of Strangers: Register to Be a Bone Marrow Donor

No countdown or cocktail says “Happy New Year” to me like the New Year’s Day Twilight Zone marathon on the Syfy channel. Instead of jumping on my resolutions to get to the gym or...
keeping faith

Keeping the Faith

A Chasidic rabbi walks into our house…. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? Actually, it’s quite the opposite. I had asked our local Chabad rabbi, a friend whose home we have been to...

Make Reading Unspecial: Celebrating Family Literacy Month

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” Although I’ve read it dozens of times, this last line of Charlotte’s Web brings a...

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Westchester Discovery Center

My son loves LEGOS. In the last year, my living room has been the site of the Capitol building, the Chicago skyline, and the Eiffel Tower. I thought he’d outgrow them by now, but as...

Expanding My Kid’s Food Repertoire: Is It Worth It?

Someone in my house has taken Dr. Seuss way too seriously. Like the picky hero of Seuss’ classic Green Eggs and Ham, my 10-year old son has decided that he does not like eggs, green...

The End of the “Spin the Bottle” Kiss?

Vacationing with my sister and her family last week, my almost-teen nephew and I got to talking about camp. I asked him, as embarrassing aunts do, if kids still played Spin the Bottle. “Yes,” he...
thank you notes

Why I Make My Son Write Thank You Notes

Writing thank you notes sucks. It’s a chore on par with unloading the dishwasher and cleaning out the lint filter in the dryer.   But getting gifts doesn't suck. Few things are more exciting than ripping open wrapping...

Facing My Numbers

I recently rejoined Weight Watchers. For the foreseeable future, I will be tracking foods on my WW app, avoiding decadent desserts, and limiting my wine intake to a glass or two a week. I...