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The Case of the Ketchup Mystery

Okay, I’m sitting at McDonald’s the other morning (I know, big surprise), and I’m getting ready to leave. I had basically opened the place that morning. Since I hadn’t slept well the night before, I’d gotten up early and thought I could begin my day with reading and planning – something constructive. Very quickly I realized, my […]

Twelve Days Ago

Author’s Note: I have to tell you, I wrote this post five years ago. On the threshold of our boy Graham’s fifth birthday, I cast it out on the webwaves again, hoping that it inspires you to think back on the births of your own babies, grandbabies, or others who have impacted your life in […]

Slivers and Splinters, Thistles and Thorns

Okay, so my son is probably going kill me for telling this story. But isn’t telling embarrassing stories about her kids a mother’s rite of passage? Anyway, Jason was about 10 years old and had asked to go to the skateboard park in town. Neither my daughter nor I possessed any of the physical prowess […]

The Grief and Growth of Letting Go

You have to know this tree to really love it. Love it like its family does. Or did. When the kids and I first considered moving into our home in 2002, reeling from a marital separation that would eventually end in divorce, it was the tree that drew us – or me, at least. Perfectly […]

Schooled by a Kid: Four Steps to Transparency

Kids are the cutest, aren’t they? It’s always amazing when they teach you something, something you kinda sorta know but can’t quite define. My grandson, Lincoln, schooled me not too long ago. You would have thought we were Mickey and Minnie Mouse when we popped in to see my daughter’s family. The kids went nuts, […]

Putting the Price on a Dream

I don’t know. Is there something a little “off” about all of this? Do people do this all over the world? Do people in other countries, for instance, actually pay to park their vehicles and then willingly part with more of their hard-earned cash for the privilege of walking around for hours, listening to one […]

Thirteen Hours

Thirteen Hours — compressed into a 144-minute cinematic re-telling — relives the events of Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. In this post-Gaddafi Libya, Benghazi’s American diplomatic outpost was among 12 sites on the worldwide critical list, meaning they were inadequately secured and vulnerable to attack. And yet, on September 11, nothing had been done […]

Mom’s Mints

Stomach flu…it had been so long. You forget how it wrings you of all your strength. You’re afraid to move, fearful of making the nausea worse. You begin to wonder if you’re over-reacting, over-exaggerating. Do you always feel like this? Are you just making a big deal about it right now? Will this roiling feeling […]

Who’s The Victim?

One way my husband and I plan for our financial future is investing in real estate. Nothing fancy. Just modest rental properties where folks can live with dignity. We’re hoping one day to live off the profits, but we pretty much invest everything back into the homes these days. When we first got into this, […]

I Feel, I Think, I Want

I can’t walk into a McDonalds any given morning without stumbling on a group of old guys razzing, debating, and generally enjoying one another. It typically spills onto me, and I love it. It makes me feel like I’m home no matter where I am. In my McDonalds, they call me Computer Lady, though one […]