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The Right To Die

Jan 24, 2015
The Right To Die

In 2011, two of my friends were diagnosed with brain cancer. One died six months later. One is still living. Both suffered through the debilitation of brain cancer, the rattling of their lives, and the realization that their life was terminal. Both were too young to have the hammer of disease pummel their lives....

Please, Don’t Go Outside

Jan 20, 2015
Please, Don’t Go Outside

“…the border between the Inside and the Outside wasn’t as impermeable as she liked to believe, and he knew that sooner or later, the Outside would want in.” ~from If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie Today I planted tulips and pansies Outside, yanking out the weeds and cutting back debris I’d...

Can You See Me Aging?

Jan 17, 2015
Can You See Me Aging?

Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan It’s a winter Saturday morning, dreary and grey and bare. Outside my window I look down on my garden; the trees bare, branches arcing and cascading with delicate, raw beauty. The rose bushes are pruned, the soft flesh of...

Friday Photo: Grown Don’t Mean A Thing

Jan 10, 2015
Friday Photo: Grown Don’t Mean A Thing

“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, but grown? What’s that supposed to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.” ~ from Beloved by Toni Morrison Life changes when one of your children moves out of the house. Yes, the obvious things sting at...

A Year of Change and Possibilities: September, October, November & December 2014

Dec 31, 2014
A Year of Change and Possibilities: September, October, November & December 2014

September came and went with two freshmen living in two states – an official emptiness in our home. I made friends with a great new author and read some terrific books. Cameron turned 15, and continued to heal his broken leg and dashed dreams. I was finally able to write about the change in...

A Year of Change And Possibilities: May, June, July, August 2014

Dec 29, 2014
A Year of Change And Possibilities: May, June, July, August 2014

Oh, the spring and summer months, so simultaneously anticipated and dreaded. Months and years of preparation came to a head, as my children and I were thrust into turbulent change. Lily turned 18 and graduated from high school; we saw joyful high school traditions and the rewards of hard work on the snow and...

A Year of Change and Possibilities: January, February, March, April 2014

Dec 28, 2014
A Year of Change and Possibilities: January, February, March, April 2014

The year started with fireworks in the snow. Ski racing was front and center for Lily and Cameron, and me, by default. I struggled with changing perspective in motherhood as Cameron moved to Sugar Bowl Ski Academy, and Lily received college acceptance letters. Lily and I took our last college exploration adventure before her...

Interlude

Dec 24, 2014
Interlude

“Mom!” “Mom!” “Mom!” His voice, a touch louder than a whisper, demanded my attention despite my deep need for sleep. “Mom, look! Look what I can do!” I pushed my book aside and rose to my elbows. My glasses were still perched on my nose. “Mom!” His 5’10” lanky frame pirouetted on the red...

Bring A Little Joy To The World

Dec 21, 2014
Bring A Little Joy To The World

The heat slapped us in the face as we enter, shaking off the drizzle from our sweaters. The air, not as unpleasant as I expected, had that institutional smell, a mixture of leftover lunch, sickness and aging. I smiled at my son as he awkwardly drifted to the chair in the back of the...

Two Kinds of Quiet

Dec 20, 2014
Two Kinds of Quiet

Cello strains of “O Come O Come, Emmanuel” were suddenly the only sounds in my living room. It’s quiet, I realized as I savored the last crumbs of my peanut butter toast. Too quiet. So quiet, I can feel everything. My coffee has cooled over the last three hours I’ve been awake. Two separate...

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