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Home for Thanksgiving

Tuesday brought great excitement as the prodigal daughter returned home from the dorm, having figured out how to get here all on her own. ¬†Four hours, two trains and a subway ride later, she was dragging backpack and duffel off the Metro-North platform in Stamford. A few minutes later she was dumping them just inside … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Christmas in February

Flashback to 2007 … and Christmas when it is supposed to be celebrated. That was back when things were far less complicated, schedules not nearly as full. Back then, we could celebrate with my best friend, Jacquie, and her family right then, in December, when the tree was still decked out in all its glory. … Continue reading

Teenagers: They’re loads of fun

Kids say the darndest, cutest things. Teenagers? Not so much. When Catherine was little, helping make the bed meant pulling up “the comfortable”; the time between midnight and 6 am was “the side of night”; she wondered, while helping fold laundry, if my bras were meant for chasing butterflies. These days, some of what comes … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — It Must be Love

Flashback today to Oct. 1, 1961, my parents’ wedding anniversary. Fifty-two years later, they’re still going strong, having weathered all manner of crazy obstacles life has a way of throwing at us all. When I was small, it was a huge thrill to flip through their wedding album, its black-and-white chronicle somehow exciting and exotic … Continue reading

School of Hard Knocks

Just about every day, something happens that makes me shake my head and think, “You can’t make this stuff up.” Sometimes I even use a stronger word than “stuff.” Today was one of those days. Basil and I are both used to people mangling our names. Mine is often coerced in an effort to be … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Give us a Kiss

Sunday is Grandparents Day, but Catherine needs no special Hallmark nudge to mark the occasion. I’ve probably told you this before, but when she was little, the sun rose and set on my father. Grandpa was IT. Didn’t matter who else was there, whether Sam and Tilly (my parents’ dogs) were trying to angle their … Continue reading

At Seventeen

Happy, happy birthday to our daughter, Catherine, who turns 17 today. As I watched her walk to the bus stop this morning (yes, I still watch out the kitchen window, every morning), I couldn’t help but remember her first steps, those chunky-monkey thighs wobbling under the effort. Her first ¬†words (Da-Da, naturally. Sigh. But many, … Continue reading

No good deed goes unpunished

With Catherine and Basil helping to deliver supplies to some Jersey Shore communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy last Saturday, I took advantage of the day to cook up a storm. I filled the fridge with healthy home-cooked meals, trying to use up a lot of the food in house since we’ll soon have to make … Continue reading

Weather or not, my search goes on

I was not sure what to make of the state of the weather as I set off today to meet the documentary filmmaker working on a film about adoption and adoption search. Just as I reached the train station, the skies opened up — a real monsoon — and there I was with my carefully … Continue reading

Fragile. Handle with care.

It was meant to be a quick trip to the beach. Instead it turned out to be a jaunt down memory lane. By the time we finally peeled ourselves away from yesterday’s to-do list (or actually just threw our hands up and admitted things simply were not going to get done), and bargained with ourselves … Continue reading