Remembering

I wish I had done everything on earth with you. F. Scott Fitzgerald My father was 5 years old on December 7, 1941. And the marker for the start of World War II. Two decades later he’s a dad. How did my parents reflect and pay homage with a two year old and baby in … More Remembering

The Chair

To age gracefully, you have to accept loss and embrace change. Reflecting on her brother’s passing a year earlier, my friend Mary shared: “to age gracefully, I am told, you have to accept loss and embrace change. Easier said than done.”  She lost her oldest brother to COVID in April 2020. I do not know … More The Chair

Twenty-something…

You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.   Maya Angelou (American poet 1928 – 2014) I was 25. The extraordinary music of Maya Angelou’s words filled the air, my ears, my heart at my Simmons College graduate degree Commencement ceremony many Mays ago. Her words were reassuring, bold … More Twenty-something…

Summer

“Summer breeze makes me feel fine…” Seals and Crofts The summers of childhood always started here on this weekend, Memorial Day. A distinct demarcation that ended sadly, and abruptly, on Labor Day. The above ground pools that dotted my neighborhood began to open and the whole summer’s promise spanned ahead. Tiny basil and tomato plants … More Summer

Dig Deep

To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. Chief Seattle, Native American leader, 1786-1866 Struggling to stay asleep one pre-dawn morning this past week, having read too many news headlines too late before bed, my mind was unquiet and racing. Germs, quarantines, masks, isolation, shortages, layoffs. I … More Dig Deep

Kite Tail

“Sophia, I want to explain something to you. Sometimes it is lonely and even a little sad for your Poppy and me without your Memi and Uncle Max. So together we reminisce and tell stories and sometimes we even laugh. He is a lifelong friend to me, Sophia and that’s what he will always be, … More Kite Tail

Elpida ~ A Wedding

A blessing to share words with those gathered on a beautiful late summer evening, September 1, 2019 for the wedding of my nephew Christopher and his bride Samantha. When we think of all the firsts in life – maybe something challenging, something scary, something adventurous – always mixed in is a blend of emotion that … More Elpida ~ A Wedding

The Porch

Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more. Tasha Tudor, 1915–2008, children’s book illustrator and writer. This early morning I sit on a porch like no … More The Porch

Women Folk

I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known. … More Women Folk