Too Cold to Work Outside!

This is David: David works at Sam’s Club’s gas station in Cinnaminson, NJ. He filled my tank today with a smile. But it is like 000 degrees outside and I couldn’t help but wonder how he was doing. “OMG you must be freezing!” I say from the semi-warmth of my car. “If I’d known I … Continue reading

Goodbye Good Boy: Ashes on Ash Wednesday

For the last five days and night, I’ve had a dead dog on the deck outside my living room. Now, that wasn’t exactly a plan, but that’s how it came to pass when my beloved little Champy passed away on Valentine’s Day. Champ became our dog–and my 10-year-old son’s “brother”–14 years ago. We went to … Continue reading

The Fault in My Stars

I am a writer who doesn’t write, and I’m trying to figure out why. I’ve just watched “The Fault in Our Stars” and it’s brought me to that place deep inside that we don’t often get to, the place that makes us feel more deeply, makes us want to be something better than what we … Continue reading

Basketball Jonesin’

Originally posted on The O'B View:
Just to get you in the mood to read the rest of this post, I’ll start with a video link sure to remind you of how amazing NBA players are at acting. And by amazing, I obviously mean hilarious. OK, now on to the real part. Sports have…

CBS’s “Scorpion” Gets it Wrong!

PA-lease. As an O’Brien, I cannot watch this new show without thinking that the casting of Elyes Gabel is COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY WRONG. He plays Walter O’Brien, reportedly the 4th smartest man in the world with an IQ of 196. That’s a real guy: And although the real Walter doesn’t necessarily look Irish, he certainly … Continue reading

Has a book changed my life?

I have been challenged–though thankfully not to douse myself with ice water. Although I admire, watch and thrill at everyone else’s videos as they meet the awesome challenge to raise awareness of ALS, I still silently hope that no one calls on me. I have a hard time getting into a shower that’s not steamy … Continue reading

The Absent Professor: A Tribute to Robin Williams

Last night, my son and I watched “Flubber” in a tribute to the late, great Robin Williams. Still shaking our heads in disbelief–like most people–we kept thinking of how alive he was, how truly, totally, crazily alive. Today, my son posted his thoughts on facebook and I asked him to guest blog for me here. … Continue reading

I Just Wanted an Iced Coffee!

Okay, enough is enough. This whole thing has gotten way out of hand and I am sick of it. This afternoon, I pulled into a McDonald’s Drive-Thru to get an iced coffee. As I waited to order–in front of the same speaker the woman in front of me had just ordered through–I hear something that … Continue reading

Philly by Segway

There’s a new hot spot in town, and it promises to become quite the place to meet, grab a cuppa and take a tour around the city. You only need to choose which way you go: on foot, by van, or…on a Segway! And last night, at the GRAND OPENING of the new PHILLY TOUR … Continue reading

It’s a Mad, Mad World Online: Kids Take Note

Today my son won an award–YAY!! I’ve already tweeted about it, facebooked the pics, and sent pics by gmail and text. It’s a Proud Mama day for me. My son Michael won a Sports Writing award from the NJ Collegiate Press Association, an organization dedicated to helping college newspaper staffs produce better newspapers, solicit advertising, … Continue reading