Thankful Tonight

There were empty seats at the table across America today, for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, there will be a lot more people missing Christmas and New Year’s in the next couple of months. This is a certainty. Images of people filling airline lobbies and check-in lines, cars snaking through the freeways. Our frontline medicalContinue reading “Thankful Tonight”

Hope This Finds You Well

In recent weeks, both of my young adult sons have, separately, encouraged me to begin walking regularly, sure that’s all I need to feel better. I agree with them that walking routinely would be helpful and it is a goal, but it’s not the cure. If I’m having a good day, I can handle stairsContinue reading “Hope This Finds You Well”

The Very Definition of Passive-Aggression

Preface:You may want to read the last post, “Until We Meet Again,” before this one. It was a beautiful Saturday in Montana, and we enjoyed a great brunch at the cabin. Drew was very irritated because I’d said breakfast would be at 10. Truth be told, Carol and Catherine were concerned he just might controlContinue reading “The Very Definition of Passive-Aggression”

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

About ten years ago, my uncle was trying to clear out the fruits of his late wife’s bargain hunting skills. She was like the Energizer bunny, always on the move and, as she buzzed around, she was asking questions and conversing all the while. I’m sure she saved a lot of money buying decor, smallContinue reading “The Gift that Keeps on Giving”

Paradise Lost

In the 28 years we’ve been married, my husband and I have not taken a beach vacation, just the two of us. A wonderful opportunity presented itself to celebrate my niece’s wedding in Florida in May. It also happens that my husband is turning 50! We planned a ten-day stay, including wedding festivities and aContinue reading “Paradise Lost”

Going to the Chapel

Yes, it was a Vegas wedding, but a carefully planned one. We had about 50 people coming from both Southern California and my hometown. Nine months before, we’d started at one end of the Strip and stopped at every wedding venue, and I mean every. Some were in hotels, but we found those stiff, overpricedContinue reading “Going to the Chapel”

Oh, Dad

Dreamer, boxer, soldier, delivery truck driver, husband, daddy, salesman, supervisor, small business owner, entrepreneur, talker, joker, teaser, Pop, hunter, boater, fisherman, achiever, provider, supporter, cheerleader. There are so many stories I could tell about him, but I’ll just share one today, the first anniversary of his death. Much to the chagrin of my sisters andContinue reading “Oh, Dad”

Tigers, ‘Niners, and Crosses, oh my!

My sister-in-law’s 52nd birthday is today, but she’s not here to celebrate. At age 50, she passed away from ALS, a cruel disease. She loved NASCAR and Bon Jovi. She was a major 49’ers fan and I so wish she’d seen this last season. Her home was decorated with crosses and pictures of her daughter,Continue reading “Tigers, ‘Niners, and Crosses, oh my!”