Archive for June 2016

Immigrants Made America Great, Mr. Trump: My Grandfather’s Story

In June of 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Twenty-eight years later, my grandfather was welcomed to this country by Lady Liberty, a gift from France, funded by the French people, to commemorate the friendship between our countries. The statue was located on Liberty Island for two reasons. The first was... Read more »

Retired: The Forever Young Generation Retools

(Or why a seventy-year-old woman wrote her first book) My younger brother just retired. So did my husband’s younger sister. Like me back in May of 2013, when I finally really retired from Cherry Preschool, after breathing a sigh of relief, they are asking, “Now what?” I’m not sure how to answer that question. Every... Read more »

Searching for my Father

(Adapted from an essay in my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real) I suppose all parents are something of an enigma to their children. As I have aged, however, there is a growing need to understand who my father really was. What were the secrets he held so close? How am I like him? How... Read more »

Why My Granddaughter’s Sixth Grade Graduation Made Me Cry

I’m sure the family members and guests attending The Cove School graduation and recognition ceremony for students moving from sixth grade to middle school watched with an array of emotions. Joy. Pride. Gratitude. Love. And a bit of trepidation mixed in. Would their child be the one to make a mistake and ruin the ceremony?... Read more »

Guns Kill More People than the Gorilla Shot Memorial Day Weekend

Sixty-nine people were shot, and six of them died, over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. That’s the same weekend a gorilla was shot to death by zookeepers in Cincinnati to save a small child who had fallen into his habitat. Social media lit up over Harambe’s death, but where was the outrage about the Chicago... Read more »

Harambe the Gorilla, a Child’s Life, and the Blame Game

A young child’s life versus a gorilla’s? An easy decision for me. Don’t get me wrong. I respect all living creatures. And despite how much they thrill my grandkids, I am not sure gorillas belong in zoos. But to all of the folks out there who need someone to blame and know they can’t really... Read more »