The Joy Was Truly In The Journey

“And we’re stopping… we’re stopping… STOPPING!” I squealed as my daughter hesitated with the brakes.  It was a Sunday morning, early enough to enjoy the temperate Chicagoland weather with the windows open and very few other drivers on the road. “Relax Mom, I just started driving, like yesterday!” she responded back as I used the... Read more »

The Agony of the Autopsy

I am a “Why?” person.  I am never finished asking questions and I am constantly wanting to dig deeper, uncovering the essential “why?” behind it all.  My best friends are very comfortable with discarding of the body of evidence.  They feel no remorse or shame in burying unanswered questions and letting well enough alone.  I,... Read more »

An Open Letter to My Autistic Son

  Jack, I can only imagine how difficult the school years have been for you. There have been countless days of you coming home embarrassed , ashamed, unsure and afraid. You have endured being made fun of, not fitting in, feeling like an outsider and dis-included from the group.  Your reservation in self advocacy has... Read more »
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What I Want For Mother's Day

What I want for Mother’s Day is recognition. But not the type you would expect.  I want others to recognize, identify my family for who they are.  You see, as a self proclaimed savant of movies and uniquely hilarious sitcoms, I may have found a way to use my gift of memorized movie quotes to poke fun... Read more »

Dear Current Employeer: An Admission of Spring Break Defeat

Dear Current Employer, You may have found it strange that I encouraged you to extended you weekend plans as we parted last week.  I had known you were going out of town and I was secretly hoping for you to stay as long as possible.  Please don’t take this wrong, I meant no disrespect.  It’s... Read more »

Food Economics: A 10 Year Old's Guide To The Lunch Table Trade

When I asked my son how he has been liking his new school, his first comment was “Just keep those mini muffins commin’, OK?” “I take it you like your lunch period,” I remarked.  He responded in a linty of food economic terms that had me floored. He went on to tell me of the... Read more »
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One Man's Burden Is Another Man's Opportunity

Mark visited his mom every other day religiously. Living close to the memory care facility that she resided, it was easy for him to stop by after work, during a lunch break or for brunch on the weekends. Marks father had passed away 6 months ago, and since then Marks mom had not spoken much.... Read more »

Coming To Grips with The Deterioration Of A Relationship

Recently I have had to reconcile with myself that not all the relationships I have been involved with are good for my health. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize that you have outgrown a pattern of engagement that was once your only foundation. Acquaintances  come and go, family members die, new friends... Read more »

When Life Gives You Bananas, Make Banana Bread

When I met Caroline she was a very particular lady with impeccable taste for good clothing, accessories and jewelry.  She was always dressed to the nines and appeared to have everything in her apartment in perfect order. Her organization was something to be desired as she always had her papers piled neatly, her closet tidy... Read more »
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Dear Mr. Marks...

Dear Mr. Marks, Yeah, Yeah, I know. You want me to call you “Joe” or “Sarge” but I still have the hardest time bringing myself to that.  To  me you will always be Mr. Marks, always such a gentleman.  We met several years ago when you and your wife lived in an apartment above mine.... Read more »