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Mother's Day Brunch Out: Best Part Was Going Home

Mother's Day Brunch Out: Best Part Was Going Home
My dream of Mother’s Day brunch out was not what I expected. If I had asked some friends, I would have stayed put in my nest. Don’t get me wrong, there were many fantastic parts of my day, especially the 3 gifts of affection, affirmation, and appreciation in very tangible form–loving letters from my 3... Read more »

To Give and To Get: 3 Great Gifts for Mother's Day

To Give and To Get: 3 Great Gifts for Mother's Day
Do you feel pressure surrounding all things Mother’s Day? There’s an ironic tension for me to enjoy the day, but there’s the stress to plan for my family and give great gifts like there’s no tomorrow to my mother. My relationship with my mom who has Alzheimer’s Disease (ok, not officially diagnosed, but close enough)... Read more »

Responding to the Boston Marathon Tragedy: So Glad for the Guard and First Responders

Responding to the Boston Marathon Tragedy: So Glad for the Guard and First Responders
These are the size-13 boots of a citizen soldier. The new boots of a young National Guard enlistee who swore to support and defend the constitution of America from its enemies, both foreign and domestic. The kind of enemies that showed up yesterday and rocked our world. A world of thousands of Americans, runners, families, and spirited... Read more »
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2 Sure Signs of...Spring? Nah...Sprinter!

2 Sure Signs of...Spring? Nah...Sprinter!
Spring is playing a very good game of hide and seek, too good. Flurries and gray clouds give way to some shiny rays, but being outside–is still–not fun. Puffy winter clothes lay claim to the closet, instead of proper burial in the basement. This month, Sprinter measures our patience. It’s good to know that 2 sure signs... Read more »

Be My Valentine for 64 Years...and more

Be My Valentine for 64 Years...and more
I consider my parents love for each other a special gift. An outstanding legacy. I also consider my parent’s marriage an inspiration and a challenge to all couples, present and future in our family. I want my sons to understand that marriage is a lifetime commitment; based on love, friendship, honor, respect, resolve and patience. My... Read more »

Stuff Happens....

Stuff Happens....
There is a lot of STUFF involved in parenting 3 teenage boys. A lot of it is food. Around $1,000 a month of food, at least. Then there are the paper products. There can never be enough tissues for winter. Or paper towels for spills. I do a lot of STUFF for my sons, husband,... Read more »
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No Fear New Year

No Fear New Year
Best 10 days of 2012? Easy answer. August 5-15, 2012. Vacationing in a thatched-roof hut in Kruger National Park, South Africa, with a wake-up call from Neil, our crazy good Dutch guide, at 5:30 am to jump start each sunrise game drive. Any cat would be a good sighting, but I secretly hoped to see... Read more »

The "10 Best" of Christmas 2012

The "10 Best" of Christmas 2012
The anticipation of Christmas is intoxicating. I get so excited with the “to do” list of planning-shopping-wrapping-cooking, giving-decorating-baking, that the day after Christmas is just exhausting. So each year, from December 1-26, exhilaration to near meltdown I go–but it is so worth it. I experienced Christmas in Chicago twice this month, and both with overnights... Read more »

Sandy Hook: This Mother of Boys Speaks Out

Sandy Hook: This Mother of Boys Speaks Out
There were missing children at Christmas celebrations in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday. A horrendous aberration. Unspeakable. Yet we must speak. And we as parents, and as a society, must change. The news on the morning of December 15 was devastating. It was even more horrific as the day grew longer. An unfathomable crime had taken place at Sandy Hook... Read more »
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Letting Go

Letting Go
One small miracle occurred this weekend. My husband and I spent our anniversary in the Loop. Away from our boys. Away from caregiving responsibilities of our parents. We’ve spent our special day in more exotic locales, like St. Thomas, Hawaii, and Mexico, but it felt good to celebrate close to home this year. Even if... Read more »
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    I’m a freelance writer married to thrill-seeking husband, Jim, and mom to fantastic teenage sons: Austin, (18) Trevor, (16) and volunteer foster son, Chris (18). I am also a proud caregiver for my parents, Bob, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, 87, and Jean, his wife, 85. In between the shuttling and the shuffling of senior boys and senior parents, you can find me sitting still, enjoying a cup of steaming hot tea while pondering the next thing to do.

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