Sabbatical * Hiatus * Furlough

Crater Lake. June 2014. Have you ever heard that old saying, If you have too many irons in the fire, you might smother the flames?  Me neither, to tell you the truth. I think I just made it up. But it has the vapid air of a platitude, doesn’t it? It feels true, all the same. I […]

Grandfamilies: Crossing Swords and Crossing Fingers

Cousins Ayden and Cadence, Sprinkler, Football. August 2008. Does a little conflict brighten your day? Do you enjoy disputes? I’ve heard that some people do. Me, not so much. Mornings, before I leave the bedroom, I cross my fingers and say a prayer for harmony and congenial relations. Sometimes, though, something comes along and I can’t let […]

Can We Resurrect Civility?

Grandson Ayden, Having a Moment. 2007. Here we are in Eastertide, ticking off the Sundays until Pentecost. We’ve just celebrated the Resurrection–the miracle of all miracles, the day that changed everything. So I’m wondering, while we’re feeling all holy and justified and sanctified, could we make a commitment to resurrect civility? Because last time I checked […]

Grandparenting: When It’s Hard to Honor Your Father and Mother

My Mother-In-Law Beth Meeting My Grandson, Sawyer, Age Ten Weeks. January, 2011. It happened one Christmas. My daughter Elaine, who was eight or nine, and I were among the guests at my grandfather’s house. We lingered at the table, deconstructing the endless ephemera that, in my family, goes with coffee. We were a congenial group of […]

Mayday Mayday Mayday!!

Believe It Or Not, Everyone Walked Away. God is good.  Calling in Trouble.  Maybe you didn’t know that the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, volunteer component of Team Coast Guard. Probably you didn’t know that  I met my husband when I joined the auxiliary. He taught the course, Boating Skills and Seamanship, that I completed as […]