Tag Archives: Family

FOOD, frightened by

A day in the new life of me: I traveled to the scene of a crime last week with a lasagna in my back seat. As I learned later, I had forgotten to bring it into the house after my daughter’s … Continue reading

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FORWARD, venturing

My husband and I shared our last dinner as a couple during a blizzard in February. The house was quiet as we made plans over a meal of chicken pie and salad like a thousand other meals, during countless other … Continue reading

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FOUND, a life lost and

I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say this has been the hardest year of my life. My closest friends, who went through much of it with me, agree. And now that it’s over, I am ready to show hardship and heartache … Continue reading

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FLAME, keeper of the

My cousin Bobby died last week. It was expected after a long illness, so it shouldn’t have thrown me like it did when I got the call. But my heart sank to a very sad place that I didn’t get … Continue reading

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FOR granted

My father, who is a week shy of his 88th birthday, has always been a quiet man. My mother used to reminisce, annoyed, about parties at which he would stand silently in a corner while she attempted to draw him … Continue reading

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FERVENTLY, wishing

I keep finding myself lost in time this weekend as Memorial Days from the past flood my brain — they are drowning me in bittersweet memories of those who have come and gone in my life. I’ve been thinking of … Continue reading

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FARCE of nature

I never liked the expression about making lemonade when life gives you lemons. Its positivity annoyed me. Who wants to sit back and take what the world throws at you, instead of doing what you can to change it? This … Continue reading

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FAITH and hope

I’m getting ready to leave on a whirlwind road trip to celebrate Easter with my family. It’s a taxing jaunt that involves heading to another state and back in just over 24 hours. Truth is, I’m happy about it. I … Continue reading

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FLOOD of memories, A

Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone — Joni Mitchell I hated my hometown for much of my early life, which was odd because it was beautiful, friendly, full of good … Continue reading

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FAMILY ties

I recently spent an outrageously fun weekend in Chicago, in town for the wedding of a close friend’s son. I barely know the groom, her oldest: she and I knew each other from work, and I didn’t see much of … Continue reading

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