Archive for April 2015

Binge-reading my parents’ love letters: was I wrong?

Should you read your parents’ love letters? For years I thought the answer was No. No because they were too private, never meant for others’ eyes, and likely to creep me out. But that changed once both of them were gone. I gradually realized that I exist because of their love story, so have standing... Read more »

Baby boomers are not elderly, thanks

This was a bad week for baby boomers. Hints of dismissal and irrelevancy are thick in the air. But boomers still have some fight in us and clearly it’s time to start using it. Nobody’s ready to be put out to pasture quite yet. Exhibit A: After the tragic tornados hit Fairdale IL, a WGN-TV... Read more »

An old love story and a new one: A story that wants to be told

Meet my brother-in-law Jim Healy, a fine writer in his own right as you will soon see. He answered my invitation to write a guest post. It has history, humor, and heart. Enjoy! It was the summer of 1968, and I was 15. My big brother David was taking courses during the summer at the... Read more »

Climbing the Smokies - the prequel: Another story that wants to be told

Last spring, I told you the story about my trek up to see my mother’s birthplace. Well, now it is the 100th anniversary of another trip, the one that brought her family to that same spot to start their new life, while she was in utero. My cousin Don, the amazing researcher and Smoky Mountain... Read more »