Archive for June 2015

Sandpiper Days

Have you ever noticed a group of sandpipers playing in the waves on the beach?  They are amazing little creatures, kind of bouncy and hyper and sweet.  I could watch them for hours. The first time I realized that little toddlers resemble sandpipers was in Mexico in February 2010.  Our Donna had died just four... Read more »


This blog is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly blogapalooza where bloggers are challenged with a topic at 9:00 PM and required to publish a post an hour later.  Here is this month’s topic: “Without trying to be humble, write about something you’re really good at.” Oy.  I have to laugh because as of late, I am... Read more »

Father's Day Minus My Father

Father’s Day was never a big deal for my Dad.  It was not his thing.  He didn’t expect gifts or meals or cards, even.  I seem to remember a good Father’s Day for him was one where all of his four kids called him.  That made him happy. Last Father’s Day was spent raising funds... Read more »

In-Between Weddings

We’re headed to Cincinnati for a wedding later this month and it made me realize that my husband and I are in that phase of life in-between weddings.  Most of our close friends and contemporaries sailed on the wedding ship long ago, very few have gotten divorced and re-married, and we’re too young to be... Read more »

The Things We Keep

Yesterday I went to my Dad’s condo.  I don’t go there often, actually avoiding it as much as I can.  It makes me sad to be there.  When a person dies, aside from love and memories, what remains is their stuff.  Junk now, to most anybody but the deceased.  I don’t say that as a... Read more »

How the Childhood Cancer Community Gets It Wrong

It’s happening again.  The childhood cancer community, a group I am both honored and sorrowed to call myself a part of, is getting it wrong again in a very public way. National news outlets are now reporting on what I have seen on my private Facebook feed almost immediately after the announcement — sour grapes... Read more »

Toddlers Are the Best Antidote for Modern Life

I just posted a short video of Mary Tyler Toddler eating a plate of fresh cherries and raspberries with this caption, “In light of all the muck you scroll through on social media, I thought that 30 seconds of XXXXX eating might make it all more bearable.”  IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. This morning, after... Read more »