It’s my furry family’s weekly tirade of real and perceived angst.
Today we celebrate fathers and the Mother of all.
One day several months ago I realized I’d forgotten my debit card pin, so I contacted the credit union and asked them to send me a new one by mail. I didn’t receive it; however, a few days later I noticed a fee charged to my account. When I called to find out why I […]
I looked up the definition of family at Merriam-Webster online. There are many definitions, but the first one was: a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head. I think that fits the grouping that lives in my home. True, to others it may seem as a single woman living with her pets, […]
There are a handful of people who, by my knowing them, have made life so much sweeter. My 7th grade language arts teacher, challenged me to reach beyond my abilities and compete in the school spelling bee. A former boss who gave me not one but two breaks in the work world. Friends who taught me […]
Today my little brother Jerry and his long-time companion Annie are getting married. I couldn’t be there because of work. But I will be there in spirit. It’s comforting to see Jerry so happy. He and Annie have been together for 9 years. They met while Jerry was hurting from having lost his daughter in a tragic accident. […]
It’s only when we’ve survived the trials of life ourselves that we learn to appreciate the difficulties faced by others. My grandmother’s name was Ellen, but everyone called her Nell. Nell and her 5 siblings grew up in poverty in England between World Wars. She was 16 at the start of World War II. Nell was determined to find a […]
November 5th is my maternal grandmother’s birthday. While writing about her, I started thinking about the other amazing women in my family. So while I continue to think and write about my grandma, I’ll tell you a bit about these other women. . My paternal grandmother was what we today call a foster parent. Granny […]
And just like that it’s time to start dreading that most perfect, and perfectly awful, of times- the holiday season. For those of you who will spend the next two months in a euphoric stupor of holiday magic, this post is not for you. Move along, please. As for the rest of you, show of hands. How […]
I sat in the hallways of a courthouse recently waiting for my turn to testify in a custody case. You might be surprised to learn that, as a Child Protective Investigator, I am far more likely to have to testify in a custody dispute than in a criminal trial. As I listened to the families in […]