July 30
I'm a lawyer in my past life, who got the kids through college and decided to try something different and a little more fun. A used book store sounded like a good idea, so that's where I am for now. I just hadn't counted on a recession or E-readers and am a little afraid there's going to be a third act. In the meantime, I have plenty to read and a little time to write. Not a bad way to spend a day.


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MAY 11, 2014 8:16AM

The Mom Who Loved Gold--A Repost

The day after our mom died, my sister and I sat at my kitchen table trying to write a eulogy for her funeral. We had written one for Dad 16 months earlier, but Mom's was proving difficult.

My sister rejected every one of my suggestions. I rejected every one of hers.… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2014 11:52AM

Living In the Big House

His house was smack in the middle of the seven blocks that took us to the local swimming pool. A trek we made nearly every day in the summer. Sometimes twice--coming home from swim team practice in the morning and going back after eating a quick lunch to spend the rest of the… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2014 1:17PM

Walter's Making Noodles Friday Night

              "If you lived in a small town, you might know 50 folks."

I wrote down that sentence when I read it in a blog post a while back because it made me laugh. 

The truth is, if you live in a small town, you know nearly… Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2014 11:21AM

Facebook Updates

I need to be more pro-active on Facebook. This stalking of pictures and the occasional "Happy Birthday" to and from friends I've never had a single conversation with makes me think I'm not getting everything out of Facebook that I could. To turn things around, I decided to post an… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2014 12:01PM

The Best Advice Mom Ever Gave

"You're defined by your courage; you're redeemed by your loyalty." These were Joe Biden's words in a speech he gave yesterday. He was quoting advice that his sweet Irish mom gave him years ago.  

I hate it when somebody does that. It always reminds me that I sent my kids… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2014 11:00AM

March Madness

There are things I remember about March Madness. 

2005. My Alma Mater entering the tournament as the overall top seed. Losing in the final game to North Carolina, 75-70. Two nieces there to see it.

1979. Indiana State, a school 15 miles from my hometown. Occassionally with hometown players on th… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2014 10:12AM

A Glass Half Full

"Is the glass half full or half empty?" th… Read full post »
MARCH 28, 2014 10:17AM

Things I Googled On a Random Day

Actually, the day wasn't random. It was yesterday. But the things that I discovered I absolutely needed to know in the course of the day were fairly random. Google to the rescue.

Q. Do Jehovah Witnesses still go door-to-door?

A. This might seem like a strange question to ask, but I… Read full post »

"Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite." The words I told my girls whenever they had a writing project in school. Something I rarely do myself with that "Publish" button staring me in the face telling me I could be done. It's the nature of blogging, I guess. To  write quickly and get it outRead full post »

MARCH 12, 2014 3:37PM

Too Much

My daughter spent the other evening teaching her toddler son Spanish. With an upcoming move to Mexico and a Mickey Mouse TV show where Mickey speaks Spanish, he's totally behind the idea of learning more than the "hola" and "adios amigo" that he already knows.
Word by word, he listed… Read full post »

First, get over the shock. Because, yes, it really has been 45 years. No need to start every conversation with that question. You've had eight reunions to come up with something better. And, no, "What are you up to these days?" isn't better. No one much likes the word "up" these… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 10:27AM

Forgettable Me and Hillary

I've seen him before. An older man dropping off two toddlers at the same daycare where I drop off my grandson. Some times we chat in the parking lot.

"Did you go to Yale?" he asks today, pointing to the decal on my back window.

"Not me, my daughter," I say.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 3:39PM

Riding the Metro at 5:00 A.M.

As a fairly recent transplant to the D.C. metropolitan area, I'm one of those nervous Metro riders who hold on tight to both their Metro card and a foldup Metro map. My other hand in my pocket, counting off on my fingers how many stops before my transfer and exit. Having… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2014 12:00PM

School Closings

Snow and freezing temperatures mean school closings. Which is something I haven't concerned myself with for years. I don't have kids in school. 

A year ago, it might have meant a few more kids coming into the bookstore to warm up and get free gum. But I d… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2014 9:24AM

I Have a Dream

Photo: Preschool history lesson as remembered by my two year old:


A preschool history lesson as remembered by my two year old grandson:

"This is old man king. He was a nice king. He said all colors are important. So I gave him purple and blue and orange."

May we all view life through the eyes of two year olds. … Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2014 1:49PM

Happy Birthday, Dad

"Your dad was the nicest man I ever met."

"..the smartest man..."

"He always had a friendly word..."

It's been 12 years.  What I remember most is him sitting in his chair.

It was replaced a few times over the years. And it was moved from corner to corner on occasion. But there was… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2013 2:03PM

Happy New Year OSers

In past Christmases, I've made sets of greeting cards out of old photos for friends and family. This year, while working on a set for my sister, I got waylaid by all the avatars on OS. My sister won't appreciate these, but I hope you do. 
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DECEMBER 24, 2013 10:20AM

A Single Mom's Christmas Lament

Back when I had kids at home who provided me with funny material, I wrote annual Christmas letters. Those days have passed--now I just reread the old ones. This is the start of one from 1990, when I was a single mom, striving to have it all. 


'Twas the night… Read full post »

It was a house built for Chirstmas, with two parlors, stained glass windows, fireplaces with marble mantles, and ceilings so high that you could pick the biggest tree on the lot without ever worrying about whether there would be room for the star on top.  

Built in the 1800's

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DECEMBER 8, 2013 10:29AM

Open Call--OSers Better Watch Out


                                              You better write great

                               … Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2013 11:22AM

Strange Characters At the Table

I've yet to find the Christmas spirit. I'm still digesting Thanksgiving. 

We went to St. Louis this year. One baby, one toddler, two car seats, six carry-ons, two adults, one airplane ride, not a single covered dish among us. 

My friend, who I'll call "E" to protect her identity, picked us… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2013 11:05AM

Thanksgivings and Sunday Dinners


Thanksgivings were spent with Mom's family who all lived in our same rural county, a two minute drive across town or fifteen minutes on a two-lane highway and country roads. Close enough that we had family dinners not just on holidays but every single Sunday--almost always at our grandmotRead full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 9:08AM

The Kennedy Drawer

It started out as a 10 year old's collection. Nail files and pencils, given out for free at the County Fair, with "Vote for Kennedy" printed in red and blue ink. A piece of loose leaf notebook paper with the Kennedy cheer that I chanted during recess. A bumper sticker and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 12:31PM

My Only Problem With Evolution



I get it. I really do. Apes can stand up, have opposable thumbs and share our same basic arrangement of internal organs and bones. I can even see the resemblance. If not in me, certainly in some of the men I've dated.

My problem isn't with… Read full post »

When my parents died, my sister and I got out the letters that Dad had written to Mom while he was in Burma during World War II. They had never met at the time they started writing, but wrote back and forth for the last two years of the war.  When… Read full post »