It was nearly 25 years since I was a visitor in their home. Wearing my brown silk vintage dress with a bouquet of calla lilies in hand, I anxiously rang the bell. The door opened and my former mother-in-law welcomed me in. Their new house was elegant. Soft yellow walls. Rich rugs. A lovely view…

When I was born, my blood was spiked with a tad bit of Irish.  I celebrate Irish lineage from both my dad’s Dunne side and my mom’s Griffin side.  As a result, I have been known to have a short fuse.  More specifically, the patience gene was apparently left out of my DNA.  Now, I…

Being an attorney with a strong analytical mind, I like to use my brain for decision-making. Making lists of “Pros and Cons.”  Calculating risk.  Assessing the upsides and downsides. I look at a number. A score. An amount. How much will this cost? How long will it take? When I am on a roll in…

The last two years I was married, I packed up the Christmas decorations into separate boxes – his and hers – anticipating that a divorce would occur that year.  We had made it through the holidays, with too-high expectations dashed and me choking down the bitter resolve to take action in the upcoming year to…