Baa Baa Black Sheep

  There is one in every family, right? The great uncle who went out for cigarettes and never came back; the relative who raised her much younger adopted sister who looks remarkably like herself; the wild cousin who had a run-in with the law. These are the stories that add interest to those large family gatherings where the adults reminisce and the kids listen, sitting so quietly in hope that the grown ups won’t suddenly Read More …

Plymouth & Brockton

I sit on the bus Crammed into my seat with my backpack on the floor between my knees. My teenage son, close beside me, falls asleep on my shoulder. The rush hour traffic slows our progress as the night pulls us further away. I feel like we are runaways, only not, as we are heading toward the chaos I most wish to avoid. Each mile brings us nearer to the family we love Captured in Read More …

A Letter to My Son at Camp

Each night as I clean up from dinner I put away the serving which would have been yours. These few weeks  while long enough       for me to miss you and our night time talks      and the afternoons we carve out time to share popcorn and a movie, while long enough for the recycling bin to fill several times over      and for the dog to give up waiting for your Read More …

Don’t Judge A Book by its Cover

  An old adage, but how does it apply to the current trend of eReaders?  When I go into someone’s home I look around at what is on display. It is a great way to get to know something about who lives there. I love getting to see people’s photos. I enjoy hearing the stories associated with the artwork and trophies. But I am always surprised when I find there are few books in view Read More …

In the Blink of an Eye

An entire life can change in the blink of an eye. This is ever more true when you become a parent. I remember one day when I was pregnant with our first child. I was grocery shopping. While I was leaning over a display case to check out the produce someone took my cart. I was right there when it happened, my cart directly at my elbow, and I never even noticed someone near me. Read More …