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 »

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 »

When a $49 Steak is Good for the Heart

When a $49 Steak is Good for the Heart
I never thought the day would come. The day that my father would receive his WWII Veteran’s Pension, and the day that he would take my husband out for steak to celebrate. Not just any steak, but Morton’s. My dad had never heard of the aid and attendance benefit for wartime veterans that he applied for... Read more »
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Storm Stops Shuffle: Reflections of The Snow Day

Storm Stops Shuffle: Reflections of The Snow Day
It’s 5:00 am. I stumble downstairs to my Mac, click open the high school website and read, “School canceled due to severe weather.” In red letters. Snowed in. We are officially snowed in. Oh, the joy! Can’t drive my junior to 5:30 am baseball practice. Can’t drive to my parents’ retirement home. Scratch that. Will not... Read more »

Life is Not Black and White, Like Burchell's Zebra

Life is Not Black and White, Like Burchell's Zebra
One of the new style trends for spring is black and white. It’s classic. And I love it. My black and white calendar? Not so much. My black and white attitude about caregiving (for everyone?) No way. Misplacing my carefully crafted schedule a few days ago made me crazy. I couldn’t remember what to do.... Read more »

All Happiness Depends on a Leisurely Breakfast

All Happiness Depends on a Leisurely Breakfast
Few visits are sweeter than taking both of my parents to the Red Apple of Palatine for a leisurely breakfast. For one thing, their attitudes are super sweet in the morning. And for the second thing, my dad is always hungry for eggs and bacon. My dad sometimes says, ‘let’s go to the “Red Barn, or... Read more »
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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 »

Same Path, Different Season

Same Path, Different Season
Snow on Saturday. Rain on Sunday. Strong 25-50 mph winds this Monday. Really? Could Chicagoland weather be anymore fun? As two creatures of habit, my retriever mix, Lucy, and I, hobbled over the ice through the nearby wetlands this morning. Every day we take the path by the Poplar Creek, in the rain, snow, or 5... Read more »

Who Says January is Boring? Seven Significant Events

January is a catalystic month. You know, goal-filled, resolution saturated, and exceedingly hopeful. Basically new.  So far, there has been a lot of new in 2013. A couple of new records for goofy winter weather. New compromises from political parties. New developments of gun control debates and laws. New implications for women in India and for women in our military. A new... Read more »
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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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    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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