When Dad retired he announced he was going to ‘help’ Mom grocery shop, something she had done successfully without his input for decades. This is the story of how their relationship weathered the challenge.
Losing a sibling changed my life forever. I had kept it to myself but when I wrote about it I found others eager to connect and support each other.
When I was sick for several weeks, my husband showed me extreme empathy. Was I able to return the favor? I reveal all in this humor essay.
It has been 4 years since I lost my sister Linda and I haven’t written about her until now. It is an appropriate season to break my writing silence about her since she loved the holidays.
This month families will gather all over America to enjoy quality time, and share a marathon Thanksgiving dinner. Can this be overwhelming, with potentially awkward moments? How do you keep conversation flowing as smooth as the gravy?
At age five I started celebrating my birthday helping to harvest the family potato crop. This post gives a flavor of what that was like.
A mother-in-law reviews the wonderful qualities in her daughter-in-law but finds one thing that disturbs her and causes shameful jealousy. What can it be? Read the full post to find the surprising reason.
The calendar has declared the arrival of spring, even though we are still sporting coats, boots and mittens to fend off frostbite. Since I am the Queen of Superficial Cleaning, I feel it is my duty to share some valuable spring cleaning strategies. Start with uplifting music blaring loud enough to drown out the whirr of the vacuum […]
Last week, when Patrick drove home from choir practice and backed into the garage, I did something bizarre. I did not suck the oxygen from the car, offer GPSA (Garage Positioning System Advice), and shriek “Don’t hit the recycle bin!” Instead, I sat in peaceful silence. And I inhaled a whiff of the exotic perfume […]
Immediately following the death of our dog, Zoe, we took respite at a local restaurant. We couldn’t bear to face the emptiness of our dog-less home. We weren’t hungry, and reassured the server that our tears and poor intake were not from dissatisfaction with the food. She said she had recently made the gut-wrenching decision to re-home her dog, and understood our […]