This is the rhetorical question my husband half-heartedly threw towards my hastily retreating body as I practically ran down the escalator from the departure area of Newark airport two weeks ago. We had just dropped our daughter, our oldest child, off for her overnight flight to the UK and grad school in Scotland. The airport … Continue reading Now what?
My father died quietly in an ICU hospital bed five years ago today. Finally disconnected from the tubes and machines that were keeping him alive, but just barely, he slipped away into what I hoped wasn't a vast black hole of nothingness. Instead, I imagined his soul easing gently from its broken confines and escaping … Continue reading Hearing is Believing, Part One
I'm not a dog person. If you're a pet lover and that first sentence didn't turn you off right away, let me tell you the story of how a dog became my unexpected savior. During the summer of 2009, I finally caved to my children's incessant requests for a dog. One rainy day, we started … Continue reading A Bogey is a Good Thing
I cried on the way to Trader Joe's today. What is it about being in the car alone that makes every wistful thought, every premonition of the future and mournful reminiscence of the past come surging to the surface? It must be the lulling monotony of the drive that causes our minds to tiptoe into … Continue reading Holding Hands With Your Heart
I'll admit it, I'm upset at the news this morning. I can't stop thinking about it. The world is changing before our very eyes, and I'm mourning the loss already. Today the USPS announced it will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays beginning in August. The move will save the failing company two billion dollars a … Continue reading You’ve got mail. But not on the weekends.
I realized something at midnight January 1, 2013, as my family and I watched the ball drop: New Year's is the only truly universal celebration. While the networks panned over clips of song and glitter from all corners of the globe and my own family toasted and cheered and reeled through our lofty resolutions, I … Continue reading The Best Present
Note: Last week I took a webinar course on "How to Write About Your Life" with Penelope Trunk, a wildly successful blogger, author and entrepreneur. She also has quite a wild history and an edgy present. I learned a lot but came away questioning whether I had the chops to successfully write about my own … Continue reading My Penelope Trunk Hangover
Gray chilly days make me nostalgic (who am I kidding, most anything will make me wax poetic about something in my past), and I just came across this picture of my grandmother in her Charm School circa late 1950s. Yes, I wrote "Charm School." My mother's mother, Julia but "Gam" to us, was the owner … Continue reading The Charm of Yesteryear
I saw a piece on Good Morning America today about a neurosurgeon who just completed a book about his near-death experience. This is a BRAIN scientist (and not really a practicing Christian) describing incredible details about an experience that occurred during a seven-day coma where he had no brain function whatsoever. This Newsweek article gives a taste … Continue reading An agnostic believing in afterlife
Life is good. In addition to being a lifestyle apparel company, it was also one of my father's favorite sayings. Whether he was traveling the world for his job, weeding in his beloved backyard, giving tours of his 1890 Victorian or hovering over a putt on the golf course, he couldn't keep himself from smiling … Continue reading Life is good. Until it’s not.