Category: friends

Shelter in place work life response & reality for Covid-19 pandemic

Each person and family experiences this chaotic and uncertain shelter in place from their unique perspective. Staggering facts, about physical and mental illness, financial hardship and unemployment, take our breath away. Together, we grieve and grasp moments of joy and extra time. Thanks to my husband, nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys, sis, parents, family, friends, coworkers,... Read more »

9yo spring break poem during Covid-19 quarantine

9yo spring break poem during Covid-19 quarantine
T.S. Elliot’s poem The Waste Land described April as the cruelest month, but looked toward the light. This National Poetry Month of April, our hopeful nine-year-old refused to write about a virus. Although we talked about another spring break to Miami, it did not come to fruition. Instead, our sweet boy conjured a spring break... Read more »

Back-to-school summer musings

We excavated “summer goals” buried under folders, gym clothes, Pokemon cards, and paper air planes from one of our boy’s school bags toward the end of the 2019 school year. Our boy wanted to reconnect with old friends, scheduled to visit from other time zones, make new buddies, and read more. I humbly cringe at... Read more »
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The merits of an Irish goodbye

The merits of an Irish goodbye
Since some Irish may exude a loquacious gift of gab, it seems counter intuitive an Irish goodbye is a ghost exit, but Irish people are rich in paradoxes. Some Irish people are notoriously aloof without blatant emotion, they may prefer a discreet departure. The classic love story of the Irish born boxer from Pittsburgh Sean... Read more »

End-of-school year thoughts

Winston Churchill’s sentiment, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” seems like an aspiration at times. More coffee, anyone? As this Mom looks forward to her family’s end-of-school year, thoughts stream from humility to appreciation and bittersweet nostalgia. Our oldest recently warned his friends taught him lying is wrong. Glad... Read more »

Friends empower us to lead with kindness

Friends empower us to lead with kindness
Friends lift you up on their shoulders figuratively and literally to help lead. My Mom unconditionally loves friends and cheers for them from every stage of her life. They’re our extended family who pack the church or ceremony location for weddings and funerals. Friends are loyal mentors and support systems who help each other problem... Read more »
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My Mom's Irish soda bread recipe and other St. Patrick's Day traditions

My Mom's Irish soda bread recipe and other St. Patrick's Day traditions
Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun time of year regardless of your ethnic background and faith. You can skip the green beer and adult beverages and still have fun. It’s been a long winter. Green shamrocks mean spring is nearly here. 1) Bake and break bread with friends. Try my Mom’s Irish soda bread recipe.... Read more »

Why city living is better than suburban living

Why city living is better than suburban living
Trips to the suburbs make me nervous. It’s easy to get lost on expressways with confusing numbered lanes. If you miss your fancy country train, you’re out of luck. You are far from the skyscrapers, world famous museums and some of the best theater. Some suburbs are so remote; your cell may drop service. Gasp!... Read more »

Dirty Dancing review of the Chicago Broadway Musical

Dirty Dancing review of the Chicago Broadway Musical
The 1980’s movie Dirty Dancing is a rite of passage. The Broadway musical is an ode to the story and music that is a blast for any fan. Many of my college best friends, another dear friend from work, and I saw Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage when it debuted in Chicago in... Read more »
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Making a new friend can be just as awkward as dating

Making a new friend can be just as awkward as dating
You two may meet through mutual friends or family. Perhaps it’s a shared glance or nod during a meeting. Maybe you bump into each other at the grocery store or on the train to work. You like what you see.. You agree with what he or she says. You and this person share interests. You... Read more »