“What did you wear?” she asked enthusiastically. It was a sweet acknowledgment that the talk I’d given that day was of some import. “Wait. Let me guess. You wore black.” I chuckled at the teasing of my friend knowing my closet is full of black dresses, black shirts, and black skirts. In my immediate defense…

The September the sky was still dark as we arrived at the airport. The few parked cars scattered across the giant lots looked lonely. We entered the terminal and an eerie silence surrounded the attentive airline agents waiting at their stations. Travelers were noticeably on edge. This was not September in a global pandemic. Rather,…

9/8   Dad’s birthday. He would have turned 101 but he died at 64, the age I am now 9/11 A shared memory of tragedy for our entire county 9/14 Death of my husband John 9/20 Birth of my first child September is always big for me, from being sworn in as a member of the…

“Don’t look back,” he said as we parted.  For a decade after a divorce I’d been goodbye-ing my children.  But this time, instead a farewell at his father’s front door, I left my youngest on a lawn thousand miles away from home.  He was 15.  Introverted and incredibly intelligent, he was too smart for high schools and I wasn’t smart enough for home school. Instead of starting his sophomore year with his classmates, he entered his freshman year at college. He stood alone under a sunny…

“Fifteen minutes is a long time,” she said, the 4th of July sun beating down on her. I was shocked. According to this straight A, double major college student, many in her generation found mere minutes of waiting a barrier to registering to vote. It was hot on the rooftop. I felt my rising blood…

“Too dark of eyebrows. Too dark accentuates under eye and wrinkles. Use a wand for pink highlight in inner tear duct.”  My friend of 40 years gives me helpful advice.  For as long as I can remember she’s shared on everything from which type of Miracle-Gro to use in my window boxes to why Gevalia coffee was an essential morning brew. She is a great researcher with as much life experience than…

These are historic times. We all know it. Previously unseen events unfold . Many we hope to never see  again.  Postings of rock concert crowds and soccer fans in the stadium are replaced by those of our prettiest petunias and our most impressive pizza.  For some, perhaps the lonely face of a white haired loved one through a window.  So awake are we to the significance of this season of our lives that institutions…

“There are good days and bad days.” The words come out of my mouth. I sense an odd discomfort. The phrase once belonged to my brother Tim and later my late husband John. Each lived with pain awaiting their death.  It was a way of saying “Some days it hurts a little less than others.”…

I instantly recognized the evidence.  They were back.  My heartrate sped up. “This time will be different,” I told myself. This time I know what I’m dealing with. Three years ago I noticed a few. I was curious. I admired their beauty.  The next day there were more, and along with them large swaths of…

“It’ll keep for a few days, won’t it?” he asked. My eyes got big. I smiled nervously. “What’s wrong?” he asked. “I’m not sure I can be trusted with it,” I said. The last quarter of the dense, moist two-layer spice birthday cake with thick buttercream frosting sat on the china dinner plate.  If it…

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