Cousins in the Kitchen My cousins and I have cooked our way through the Coronavirus. And it has served to keep us connected even though we are over 1000 miles apart. The nightly food photo texts began spontaneously on St. Patrick’s Day. My family is proud of its Irish heritage so it was no surprise […]
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My Pandemic Silver Lining We are in the most extraordinary time of my life. This quarantine has been very difficult for everyone, and extremely tragic for many around the globe. I am most grateful and so far, extremely fortunate to be weathering the pandemic safe at home. The psychological aspects are the most challenging for […]
Water. Adventure. Luck! That’s my story! My sister and I are standing on the wooden dock in Road Town Tortola in the Caribbean! We traveled so far and are now staring up at the tall ship we are going to board. “Rusty Bucket” someone muttered in the crowd. Shrugging our shoulders, we clamber aboard, eager […]
MY MIRROR… My daddy taught me to write by writing To enjoy the feel of a pen in my hand or a keyboard beneath my fingers To believe in magic and mold words into a perfect story To speak with clarity though my voice shook To stand up for myself by standing up for others […]
After my father died, my mother called my sister and me into their old bedroom. My dad’s big lacquered jewelry box was on my parent’s bed – where he kept his personal things. Together, we were going to go through it. Let me just say that we all loved my father dearly, and he was […]
I was 21, off at Nursing School, and living off-campus in an OK but not great apartment with my friend Jamie and her sister Mary Anne. I went out to get in my car and it wouldn’t start. Turns out the battery was missing. What to do? Seemed like a problem Dad could solve. Dad […]
Dear Dad, You are such a dad. You: – Rant about politics. – Make cheesy dad jokes. – Insist that I will not be allowed to date until I’m forty years old. – Lecture people in customer service. – Put tons of salt and pepper on everything. – Reminisce about what it was like “back […]
THE LAST GIFT FROM MY FATHER My father died 3 years ago. In the year before his death, I spent a lot of time with him. He shared stories of his youth, and we traveled together visiting family. One of the things we discussed was cars. We were both in the market for a change […]
MEMORIES OF THE BIG FARM During those young years on the big farm, I lived outside for all the daylight hours. Roaming on the bluff with my black cat or climbing to the top of trees where the wind would blow me around. Pretending I was either flying or sailing and I had never seen […]
GLENN Glenn was a cute baby. He was a good baby too. When Glenn was a teenager, he loved to play baseball. He was a catcher. That skill followed him all the way to college. He played as a catcher for Spring Hill College during his freshman year. Although he was a good baby, he […]