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 …

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 …

Reunion Revelations

This weekend is my 25th college reunion. A time for returning to old haunts, reintroducing oneself to former class mates and reminiscing with long lost friends. A weekend filled with all sorts of activities, planned events and impromptu gatherings. Sounds great! And yet, I chose not to go. This decision is probably not a big surprise to others in my class who remember me. I was never much of a joiner. And as much as Read More …

An Open Letter to My Children

  An open letter to my children written during a few moments I had alone this Mother’s Day Dear Children, When you think of me, and I know you do (I am your mother after all), I hope you think of me with fondness and love. That is certainly the way I think of you. I am not saying that I don’t understand that there will be times when you are angry or frustrated with Read More …