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Shopping 2016

“If I could write a prescription for lifestyle changes,” my doctor told us on the day of my diagnosis, “I would say no Costco, or any big box stores for the next two years, and only twenty minutes tops for groceries.” If you are a Costco addict like me, you […]

Sitcom Potential?

I’m seeing it now as a sitcom, you know 22 minute vignettes in which the ordinary becomes the absurd. Episode One:  The Preparations Are Mighty     As departure time draws near, Ric’s paper plans have overtaken the house.  Meanwhile, VJ, unable to get out of bed, is trying to direct a […]

It’s a Conspiracy!

The penny has dropped!  Bear with me here, and I will fill you in on all the sordid details. My husband and I met online, or I should say, almost didn’t meet online because of one very crucial difference:  our views on camping. He had posted that he’d love someone […]

RV Kidding?

One of the last things my ex-husband did before becoming an ex, was to show up with a used motor home, unexpectedly.  I won’t get into the details here, but suffice to say it was neither discussed in advance, nor a suitable vehicle for family outings.         […]

Red Shoes

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe Every girl should own a pair of red shoes, my mother used to say.  She worked in fashion, and to this day still has a stylish flair.  At eighty-nine her latest purchase was a pair of […]

Anniversary of a Diagnosis

      It has been two years now since the diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) changed my life.  The disease, recently renamed Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder (SEID), has also been known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, although the latter is really a misnomer.  ME affects muscles,  the spinal cord (nervous system), and […]

In Praise of Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird has been staple in my board, taught in English classes for decades. I fell in love with Scout as a young woman and have never lost my respect for author Harper Lee’s gifted writing skills. As an English teacher, I have shared my passion for this […]

Relevance of Story

Stories have power.  In my many roles as parent, therapist, teacher, and public speaker, I have long known that the secret to engaging an audience and communicating purpose is through illustration:  storytelling. I see it in the eyes of my three and four-year old granddaughters who beg to hear a […]