JUNE 11, 2014 10:41AM

Steps in moving

I've moved several times in the last three years, changing offices and residences.  I've packed, unpacked, tossed, and salvaged.  Here is how it goes:

Tape up box.  Take stack of books off shelf.  Dump them in the box. Decide you don't need your college calculus text anymore.&nbs… Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2014 8:35PM

Ladies Home Journal

Two institutions of my young life are inextricably linked--the Ladies Home Journal and my grandmother. Together they shaped my understanding of the world and guided me through rough times. So, the announcement that the magazine would end monthly publication has hit me hard. As my marriage ended, I ofRead full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2013 12:21PM

Standing in the candy aisle

I was at the grocery store yesterday, mentally calculating the cost of my purchases, when I happened to glance at the candy rack.  Now, I am pretty traditional when it comes to candy. Hershey's with almonds is my go-to favorite.  I can’t tell you the difference between Milky Ways andRead full post »

JULY 22, 2013 8:23PM

Mom's Box of Memories

In my office there is a box under a chair in the corner:





In that box are old photos, cards, newspaper clippings, and assorted stuff.  There are childhood pictures of my grandmother, father, me and my sons...a generational catalog of kids, parents, and relative… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 6:23PM

An Eternity of Binder Clips

             I'm changing offices, temporarily, until March when I will move again. I've changed offices 3 times in 5 years and each time I purge a little more...a few more old files are discarded, old reprinted articles tossed, books given away, pictures pitched. IRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 10:39PM

Falling into Fall

I'll say right at the beginning, summer is my least favorite season. I don't like hot weather, humidity, or bugs. I don't like going from air conditioning to hot air and back again. I don't like feeling sweaty and sticky.  I don't like summer.



So, it will come… Read full post »

MARCH 9, 2012 3:21PM

Here I am

Over the weekend I was watching 2.5 year old Clara while her parents went out to dinner.  She is still working on the use of pronouns; I, you, mine, yours.  She has it down pretty well, but there are still a lot of third person references, "Clara do it!"  or occasionalRead full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 9:08AM


Was bowling with the boys over the weekend. After putting on his shoes and choosing a ball, my 20 year old bent down to roll up the bottom of his jeans which were dragging a bit on the floor.  "Good,"  I commented, "that was making me a little nervous."  He smiled,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 8:59PM

I was a 1st grade bully

I remember 3 things about learning to read and 1 thing about trying to teach someone else.

In kindergarten I was fascinated with the idea of reading. I had two older sisters and they would read all the time. I didn't quite get it. We were learning about letters and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 2:58PM

For Rose

Dear Rose; I am so pleased to hear that AFAR is recognizing you at their dinner this year. I wish I was able to be with you tonight, because I’m afraid that what I write won’t convey all that I feel. I’d like to be able to give you a big hugRead full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2011 9:50AM

Missing Mary

When is the right age to start feeling nostalgic?  I used to laugh when my sons, at ages 8 and 12, would reminisce about their “childhoods,” but at 54 can I legitimately feel nostalgic for mine? 

I was at a Noel Paul Stookey/Peter Yarrow concert a few days ago and spentRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 9:25AM

Stuffed Peppers

I'm cheating.  But, I can't help from sharing this story of my father's.  Here is what he wrote:

I came in and made a pot of stuffed peppers, a dietary delicacy akin to the ambrosia that the gods on Mount Olympus dined upon or the manna that fed the Israelites.  

I thinkRead full post »

AUGUST 24, 2011 1:36PM

Sitting at the Mediocre Table

 I don’t fly Southwest Airlines often, they don’t service my city, but from time to time when I’m traveling west it makes economic sense to drive a few hours to get a flight with them.  Being a relative neophyte, I’m always a little taken back with their open seatingRead full post »

dunes4      Today I was walking in one of my favorite places in the world, the Indiana Dunes. My parents met and fell in love there. As kids, we spent many summer hours at the beach, and many more fall and spring days hiking the trails. In high school I would toboggan dRead full post »

AUGUST 12, 2011 10:33AM

Learning the Rules of Love

red carnation  Remember middle school, possibly the worst years of your life? It is a time for figuring out the rules to life and love, with lots of missteps along the way…

A few years ago my younger son performed in the middle school musical. He did a fantastic job, sang wonderfully,Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 8, 2011 9:51AM

The Day My Sister Died

It was April, the week after Easter, and we were all on vacation from school.  My family lived on Meadowbrook Road, a dead end street where eight houses stood at the top of the hill.  The houses on our road were originally summer homes for Chicago residents. People would come toRead full post »

AUGUST 1, 2011 11:36AM

Mom Vision

eyes   We all know that teachers have eyes in the back of their heads. That is how they can be writing on the board and still say, "Mary, stop passing notes" or "Johnny, put that toy back in your desk." Of course, we professors all use Powerpoint slides and projected images,… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
JULY 23, 2011 1:28PM


Somewhere around 8th or 9th grade I figure I must have missed a day of school. It was the day when all the girls were taken into another room and given the official "girl guide."  You know, the one where they tell you about make-up and clothes, and all the mysteriesRead full post »