Nancy Crochiere wrote a humor column titled “The Mother Load” for The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass, for 15 years. With her daughters now grown, she’s shifted her focus to not killing the houseplants. A former development editor for McGraw-Hill, Nancy currently writes full-time and has published essays in The Boston Globe and Writer’s Digest. She also moonlights as an extra in feature films and television. Nancy is working on her first novel, about a multi-generational trip to Graceland.