The giving of Thanksgiving: can you help this family out?

The giving of Thanksgiving: can you help this family out?
I don’t usually make appeals like this. Actually I never do. But I was moved to tell this story. In July of this year, a woman named Beverly Donehey passed away. I never knew this woman. She came and went in the world and her legacy has never been recognized for what I have been... Read more »

Shopping on Thanksgiving Day: is the greed necessary?

Last week I received a postcard in the mail that Old Navy was having a “pre Black Friday sale” November 22nd. Fifty percent off EVERYTHING IN THE STORE. The fine print is of course that you have to use their credit card or you only get thirty percent off. I just happen to have that... Read more »

Losing a parent: does time ever really heal?

Losing a parent: does time ever really heal?
Today marks exactly fifteen weeks since my father passed away. I remember so vividly the phone call from my sister, screaming “He’s gone, he’s gone” over and over. I’d had my bag packed to go see him that morning. I knew that time was running out and I had to get up there (Madison). I... Read more »
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"YOU" by Caroline Kepnes: why it's the best book I've read in years and why you should read it too

"YOU" by Caroline Kepnes: why it's the best book I've read in years and why you should read it too
I’m not typically a book reviewer, I just read something and move on to the next. I do read book reviews however and it was in People Magazine that I came across one of their “picks”.  They recommended a book called “You”, by debut author Caroline Kepnes. They referred to it as chilling. That’s all... Read more »

Election Day 2014: Why I am looking forward to it

Election Day 2014: Why I am looking forward to it
Every time we near an election day I start to cringe. As a kid, my parents were not only into politics, they were campaign managers for several candidates. They were away all the time, at meetings, rallies and any other event that promoted their candidates. They managed the campaigns of former Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase... Read more »

Nipples: Part deux

Well, I know you are all waiting, holding your breath as to what my decision was regarding my nipple dilemma. Seriously I pray none of you actually gave it a thought today but if you did I have an announcement to make: I chose Option 1. Why you ask? Well, I’m happy to tell you.... Read more »
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Nipples, nips or whatever you want to call them: do I really need them now??

Nipples, nips or whatever you want to call them: do I really need them now??
Yep, I am writing about nipples. Not a subject that I woke up thinking I would write about today but as the day wore on, I have had to evaluate their necessity. Tomorrow I am headed to my friendly neighborhood plastic surgeon for my final phase of my breast reconstruction. Nipples. Once upon a time... Read more »

Class reunions: losing their luster after forty years

Class reunions: losing their luster after forty years
Disclaimer: For those people that I did speak with, I’m glad I did. No offense meant here! Ahhh, high school. For some it’s a time of angst and agony; for others it’s a time of growth and joy. For me, it was the latter. I came out of my shell in high school and had... Read more »

Project Runway: A dream I gave up all too soon

For our monthly Blogapalooza hour, this week’s topic is: ”Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did.” So, what immediately came into my mind was that there was one huge thing I gave up when I was 22 and have regretted it ever since.  1977. I graduated from... Read more »
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Spirit Airlines: You've really done it this time

Spirit Airlines: You've really done it this time
Dear Spirit Airlines, I don’t really mean “dear”, I mean come on, there is nothing dear about you. A couple years ago I flew on your airline and I swore to the Gods above that that would never happen again. I wrote about that episode as well. However, I made the mistake of forgetting that... Read more »