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A Year Later

Hard to believe it’s been a year. Last year on this day, at about this time, I got a text from my friend Laurie letting me know her brother, Monte, had died. We’d been expecting this news; he’d been battling cancer for several years. His treatment had been compromised in the beginning because he developed an infection after surgery, and eventually, it was evident … Read More A Year Later


What it’s Like to Have a Sibling with Autism.

Originally posted on TREES & SUN:
My older brother, Jordan, is very high on the autism spectrum. This is a rough definition of what that means from Autism Speaks, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is…

Every Purrr is a Prayer

To Lois, with love from Walter and Mimi (and me): “I’m staying out of the sun in honor of you, Lois. Every purrrr is a prayer.” May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Click Here to Learn the Signs and How to Protect Yourself from this Disease.  

A Real Life Katie Shaeffer

Originally posted on Author Cynthia Mackey:
Though this does not count as inspiration for the book, here’s a great example of a real life Katie Shaeffer.  One of my preschoolers, age 5, wanted to bring something for show and tell and it could not be a toy.  He and his Mom showed incredible initiative, resourcefulness and creativity to visit the beach, collect the items…


Well, the Locks Work

I love my new home, which was built in 1979 and still has mementos, shall we say,  of those early days. No sense getting rid of something if it works, right? I learned the hard way just how well some of those pieces have held up over the years. Take the doorknobs, for example. Or let me say, take the doorknobs, please. Last night I had … Read More Well, the Locks Work

Please don’t…

We all have our pet peeves, our idiosyncrasies, our little quirks. Those little things that annoy, delight or otherwise garner what many consider an unusual response. For me (and my mom), it’s when characters on a television show or movie brush their teeth. EeYew. I do not need to see that lather, the foam someone is about to spit out. They’ve been doing it for … Read More Please don’t…


The Matter With Sports

Once, in a college class, I casually — or perhaps not so casually — made the comment that people could afford to get obsessed about sports because the games really don’t matter. It’s something you allow yourself to feel passionately about, knowing it isn’t going to change your life anymore than you allow it. Sports don’t matter? That shocked some of my classmates, disgusted others … Read More The Matter With Sports

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