Category: Life as I see it

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 »

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 »
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Circling Back

Circling Back
This weekend found me motoring to Detroit for the kick off of the Joliat wedding season.  Two nieces will wed in the next six months, and the first shower drew me East just as Steve returned from Florida. I guess if we can live separately for three months, a day of additional separation is nothing.... 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 »

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 »
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#donnaday Join me.

#donnaday  Join me.
What is every parent’s worst notion? You know. Sick kid. Cancer kid. Dying kid. What a sacred duty to travel life with an ill child, making choices for them, preserving  your sanity and strength so you can export them to your little one. What can we do to help? Listen. There are story tellers with... 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 »

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 »
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Random Observations on a Cruel Winter, Pt 1

Random Observations on a Cruel Winter, Pt 1
I’m tired of winter. You are, too. I am WAY more fortunate than most because I don’t drive to work, park overnight on the street, or work in the elements.  My dogs scamper to their dog run, so I do not even have to walk them. I like to snow blow: I never complain about... Read more »