The Day I Forgot the Cheez-its

Cheez-Its. Mom Loved Them. Moving On. I knew the day would come when I’d forget the Cheez-Its. It didn’t come on Easter, when I contributed snacks to a Lagrand family gathering. Nope. On that day I prepared a platter of grapes, dried apricots, a carefully-curated collection of cheeses, various crackers–and a box of Cheez-Its. The […]

Acoustic Vacation: Finale

Not so Unplugged.Me, Sawyer, Rich. It Made a Difference. Honest. I told you about our acoustic vacation and promised to share how it carried a  heft, an aroma, different from our everyday lives. Today, a recap. First I told you about giving myself space for papaya-induced regret that I’d denied previously. Then I shared a Memorial Day […]

Acoustic Vacation

Sunrise on Oahu’s North Shore. The Incredible Sweetness of Being, Part Nine I unplugged for this vacation. My husband, Rich, and I flew to Hawaii to visit my daughter, Elaine, her husband, Rob, their boys, Cadence and Sawyer, and Little Miss Kidney Bean, due to be born in September. They’re stationed at Pearl Harbor, for now, […]

How I Know I Married Well

Trevor. What Trevor Taught Me About My Husband Did you ever watch a scene and realize you were looking right into the essence of someone’s character? I had one of those moments the other day. My husband, Rich, sat on the sofa and scratched Trevor’s ears. As usually happens in our three-dog household, it didn’t take […]

Bagels and Floods

The Four-Slice Wonder. Cream Cheese and Choices We had a bad day, here, not too long ago. He said something, or maybe I did, and it didn’t sit right on the other’s heart, and suddenly we were scowling and snapping words out of thin air, turning our backs and letting untold annoyances overflow their banks. […]