We shared Zoe’s story and this is what happened next

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 […]

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Should I forgive him?

After 24 years of marriage, my husband Patrick did something I’m not sure I can forgive. This will surprise anyone who knows him, since he is almost a saint. He is kind, patient, and always willing to sprint the extra marital mile to make me happy. What could he possibly have done that is unforgivable? […]

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Anniversary symbols in need of a makeover

Wedding anniversaries have symbols to commemorate each year of matrimony, and serve as a gift-giving guide. Think of anniversary gifts as presents that contribute to your spouse’s continued presence. These traditional symbols may have made sense for my parents’ generation when they married young, and were too poor to split up. But what are the chances […]

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The Sixth Love Language

Remember the book ‘The Five Love Languages’ by Dr. Gary Chapman?  While working as a marriage counselor, he identified a simple cause of many troubled marriages: people were speaking different love languages. I believe I have discovered a sixth love language that is also critical to the success of a marriage or long-term relationship. The sixth […]

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68 Hours in Pittsburgh

Patrick and I went to Pittsburgh and not just because it is home to “The World’s Favorite Ketchup,” although that was a nice bonus. We attended the lovely wedding of these two radiant brides. We had a smooth flight to Pittsburgh and I wrote a few tweets about our experience. Everyone's butt is at nose […]

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Reflections on motherhood

Motherhood. Erma Bombeck called it the world’s second oldest profession.  It’s on everyone’s mind in May thanks to Hallmark and retail establishments. And today I am celebrating the 33rd anniversary of my entry into the ‘hood. Guess you know what this means. It’s my son’s birthday and HE is getting old! I have some shallow reflections about this […]

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When you love something NEVER let it go

A few weeks ago Patrick and I had a visit with our two adorable shallow grandsons. I remember exactly when it was because it was the day we both came down with “50 Shades of Green.” We bought a new toy for the SGS (shallow grandsons) and Shallow Grandson #1 (SG1) was especially thrilled with it. He immediately claimed it […]

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