Writing This Chapter

Writing This Chapter

I’ve always loved books. Some of my earliest memories are of being read to, either on someone’s lap, or by Captain Kangaroo, as I sat transfixed, too close to the black and white TV screen. What drew me in were the stories, the pictures and the characters. Especially...
Nothing Is As It Should Be

Nothing Is As It Should Be

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!”  – From Alice in Wonderland “I cannot count on anything to be a certain way,” said my friend Susan, during one of our bi-monthly...
How Getting Stuck in the Snow Can Help You Now

How Getting Stuck in the Snow Can Help You Now

I learned to drive in Michigan. And if you learn to drive in Michigan, you sure better learn how to drive in the winter. If you find yourself stuck – and you will – there are a few different ways to deal with it: Wait it out until Spring – or until someone comes to...
Dads, Dogs and #BlackLivesMatter

Dads, Dogs and #BlackLivesMatter

If you want to experience unconditional love, get a dog. There is no better living example of this quality than seeing a dog, who has just been ignored or reprimanded or worse, coming back with its tail wagging, as if to say “I’m sorry, all is forgiven, I just love...
Speaking the Language

Speaking the Language

My father-in-law, Dick, was diagnosed with Lewy body Dementia late in his life. It’s a horrible condition akin to having Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at the same time. My mother-in-law was doing the lion’s share of taking care of him and REALLY needed a break, so we...
It’s Hard to Be A Chameleon in a Quarantine

It’s Hard to Be A Chameleon in a Quarantine

For most of my life I have been able to “fit in”. In fact, I became so adept at it, that more than once I have been asked directions in a city I was visiting for the first time. I can pick up mannerisms and accents easily. When speaking with someone, I can pick up...