Posts in category "Janter"

Baggage

Baggage
Family weddings. What can be more joyful?  Linking the sibling circle, celebrating rather than mourning. It is a chance to rejoice in our roots and see the future in our kids.  I’m from Royal Oak- I could torture the roots, trunk, branches and acorn metaphor to death as I am inclined to do. But I’ll... Read more »

A New Flower in the Dahl Garden

A New Flower in the Dahl Garden
Little Violet Donaldson Dahl has made her appearance. She is 8 days old, and beautiful. Apparently she was in a hurry to meet us, because she took only 3 hours from contraction #1 to TA DA!   Mommy never had her epidural, yet she was a trouper. The week since her birth has found the Pat... Read more »

Counting the years...in wrinkles

Counting the years...in wrinkles
Wrinkled clothes, that is. The Joliat girls are extraordinary ironers.  It was an Irish/Catholic school/uniform blouse/child management legacy- who really knows? But as soon as we were tall enough to stand up to the ironing board- we ironed. Our learner’s permit was earned on hankies and pillow cases.  We set up the board in the... Read more »
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And then we were empty nesters again....

And then we were empty nesters again....
Turns out, I like a little chirping in the house. Pat, Rachel and Henry left the city in late September after selling their condo in a nano-second.  Their new house was a gut-rehab-add- a-second- story kind of project. It would require the entire fall and winter to complete. And the beginning of spring.  Their first... Read more »

Everyone Should Have a Jenny in Her Life

Everyone Should Have a Jenny in Her Life
Personal Business: This weekend my sister Jennifer celebrates a birthday.  I wish I was in her zip code so I could celebrate this milestone. This birthday will make her eligible for social security, and so in the weeks to come, she will also be stepping away from a teaching career that she has loved. These... Read more »

Polar Vortex to Pollen Vortex

Polar Vortex to Pollen Vortex
Dammit. I have grumbled my way through a ridiculous winter in foul form and perfect health. The moment that the earth gave up its frosty demeanor, my allergies resurfaced with a grim resolve. And I DO mean resurfaced.  I have not experienced such misery since summer camp days, where an ill advised hay ride put... Read more »
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Welcome to our Surf Shack

Welcome to our Surf Shack
I have a confession to make:  I am going back to Florida.  Two thirds of my family will be joining me in this excursion; Matt, Jackson and Justine cannot join us.  My pouting has subsided.  There will be other years. Our little corner of the South was purchased after a few rough hotel stays in... Read more »

Touch and Go

Touch and Go
In his crazy-eights youth, Steve would toss off his marital status as “separated- Janet’s in the suburbs, and I am in Chicago.”  Ha Ha. Fast forward 30 odd years, and that joke becomes our truth. Except that he is in Pompano Beach, and I am in Chicago. With strategic blending. This is a blending week,... Read more »

Who do you go to bed with?

Who do you go to bed with?
Last night Jimmy Fallon kicked off his new job in friendly fashion. The Tonight Show, starring Jimmy Fallon is  launched now by a Spike Lee clip, which looks like every clip, USA, but bears a better pedigree.  Still, it is a hug from NYC, the center of all things media. There was much to smile... Read more »
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Some beauty in the world...

Sweet, talented and beautiful Ellen Page agreed to do a keynote speech for professionals who serve and support the LGBT community. And then she gave them the gift of gratitude and fulfillment.  What a girl, what a speech. I hope I live long enough that “I’m gay” isn’t the catalyst for a standing ovation any... Read more »