I snuck into Amelia’s YouTube channel to post a little birthday video. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/VfO2xBAsW4Q
Today’s post is devoted to Amelia, my awesome daughter, whose ninth birthday is this Friday. While there is nothing I could write that would truly capture Amelia’s wonderful qualities, I will do my best. Anyhow, acrostic poems are fun. Acting, singing, and dancing come naturally to Amelia, and no day goes by without her doing … Continue reading Party Time!
From when I was maybe six years old until just before I started high school, my mom didn’t work. My dad paid the utility bills and gave my mom an allowance of $200 every two weeks for groceries, clothes, household issues—everything that wasn’t a utility. I still remember how she’d gear up to fight for … Continue reading Come On, Girl
My eight-year-old daughter, Amelia, made a video yesterday for Amelialand, her YouTube channel. It cut through the severe introspection I threw down (or threw up, depending in your viewpoint) last week with “Moving On” following my ridiculously long-surviving plant Hector’s demise. I don’t usually reference direct links to her videos on here, but I thought … Continue reading Hector tl; dr
After a surprisingly long 26-year life, Hector is gone. Although his health was declining the last few years, I was so used to him being around, I took it for granted he’d always be there. Unfortunately, he fell into a slump over the winter and couldn’t bounce back, no matter what we did to help … Continue reading Moving On
Motorcycles gliding up the highway in stiff competition to see who can get to the Cracker Barrel first. Excited children hooting and bleating happily in their respective front yards. The moist wind swirling trees like soft serve, shooting gales of spring through the window screen. And me. A writer engulfed in the splendor of the … Continue reading My Messy Happy
This recipe has no fun “I was walking through the streets of Tuscany on a balmy June evening with Jim and the little ones” origin story. In fact, I don’t know where I found it—online somewhere. Also, my husband is not Jim, and there’s only one little one unless we’re counting cats and robot vacuums. … Continue reading Corn and Cheddar Cornbread from Tuscany?
Everywhere I turn, there’s some article or blog post about The Pandemic One Year Milestone. People have lost so much and lived through so much pain. I’m not sure why anyone would want to dredge it all up to commemorate the occasion. Is sifting through the memories somehow cathartic, giving them voice to help lessen … Continue reading The Last Ride
A few weeks ago, I was asleep in the family room, and I heard something that sounded like a sack of potatoes sliding down a Plinko board. Since the sound woke me up in the middle of the night, I wasn’t sure quite what I’d heard, but I was sure I needed to use the … Continue reading The Mystery of the Falling Cat
What do you do when you realize that you can’t continue down the same path you’ve been on and need to retool for the next thing, whatever that may be? I’m not an expert, but I’ve had all sorts of practice. My relationships, career path, physical abilities...you name it, and I’ll tell you I’m not … Continue reading Transitions