Posts tagged "family"

Child Free: Six Assumptions Not to Make about the Child Free

I would never presume to speak for all of the child free men and women out there so I will say, right here, this applies to H and me. But, if you are child free, know someone who is child free, love someone who is child free, you can probably relate to one or more... Read more »

Aging: What is "old?"

It occurred to me yesterday after publishing a post titled “I heart old people” that some might be offended by the term “old people.” Don’t be. Truth #1. It’s all relative. Take this conversation with my grandmother. Grandma: Can you believe my friend Kay? Me: What? Grandma: She’s dating a YOUNGER MAN! Didn’t Mommy tell... Read more »

Who do you think you are?

is one of my favorite shows. And, now, the not rich and not famous version … My father has been doing a little research on his father’s side of the family.  He sent the following letter to the Fernicola family of Altoona, Pennsylvania. 3/7/2014 Dear Fernicola Family,  I am writing to you to see if... Read more »
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Family + the Holidays, a mini screenplay: What's your Role?

Cast: Polly: The planner, the boss, the eldest Lilly: The laborer, once rebellious, now resigned, the middle child Sally: The swooper, does not contribute other than bringing one dessert, the baby Mother: Their mother Setting: Thanksgiving Day at Polly’s house. Scene 1: In the kitchen, before dinner Polly, Lilly, Mother hovering around the oven.  Lilly... Read more »

Mothers Say the Darndest Things

Let’s say you’re out at a restaurant in your hometown for your future sister in law’s bachelorette dinner and your mother is there along with your future sister in law’s mother and all of your brother’s friends’ wives and this conversation happens between the two mothers across the table in a loud restaurant ~ Future... Read more »

Asheville, NC: The Greatest Show on Earth

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up.  We should have known within fifteen minutes of arriving, when my sister in law asked for directions, we were in for a show. A young, shaggy haired man appeared to be the person in charge of several tables of jewelry for sale on a street corner and, one would... Read more »
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Real Housewives of New Jersey: A Cafface Experience

“It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” -Yvon Choinard This past weekend, one of my best friends from high school, Gigi, and I made our way to New Jersey from Baltimore and Chicago, respectively, to celebrate the impending arrival of a baby girl to our other dear friend, Mel.  With our gifts carefully wrapped in stork-adorned paper and each... Read more »

Princess Diana and the Royal Boy: Is she watching?

People are saying “Poor Diana, she’s not here to see the birth of her grandchild.” Yes, that is true. But, as Harry said about his brother’s wedding, “she had the best seat in the house.” It’s not the same – at all – and it’s very sad but she is not completely absent.  I believe... Read more »

100th Birthday Party: Just how long ago was 1913?

Anyone who reads this blog knows one thing – I’m from New Jersey. Yes, I lived in Manhattan, where I met H, who was transferred to Chicago in 2008. But, I was born and raised in Jersey. Still, I always knew I had cousins in Chicago. Not cousins in spirit but actual, blood-related cousins. How... Read more »
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#ThrowbackThursday - A Letter to my Grandfather during WWII

My grandmother and grandfather were married on April 26, 1941. My grandfather was drafted one month later.  They did not see each other again for 4 and a half years. During that time, both my grandfather’s mother and father died. Here is a copy of a letter to my grandfather (Joe) from his sister (Ann)... Read more »